ARTHUR DEVIS | PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN SEATED, FULL-LENGTH, IN A BROWN COAT AND RED WAISTCOAT, HIS HAT AND CANE IN HIS HAND, BEFORE A RIVER LANDSCAPE
Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 USD
Property from a New York Private Collection
(Preston 1712 - 1787 Brighton)
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN SEATED, FULL-LENGTH, IN A BROWN COAT AND RED WAISTCOAT, HIS HAT AND CANE IN HIS HAND, BEFORE A RIVER LANDSCAPE
oil on canvas
29 by 24 ¼ in.; 73.7 by 61.6 cm.
Canvas is tightly relined and stable on its stretcher with slight warping at upper left corner. Portrait image reads well and the paint surface is well preserved. No areas of loss are visible to the naked eye. Some craquelure is visible in the background in the sky but is stable. Under UV inspection, the varnish is difficult to read through, but scattered small retouches are visible in a few shadows of the lower half of the man's costume, one spot on his chest and a few thin lines across his face. Minor retouching is also visible in the foliage at lower right as well as the lower left quadrant and edge. The varnish may obscure an older restoration campaign. Painting can hang in its current state but may benefit from a cleaning and refreshed varnish. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Mrs. R. Saunders;
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 20 March 1974, lot 57;
Alistair McAlpine, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, by 1980;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 15 July 1988, lot 91;
E.G. D'Oench, The Conversation Piece: Arthur Devis & His Contemporaries, New Haven 1980, p. 91, no. 228.