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Watercolour over traces of pencil, heightened with bodycolour, gum arabic and pen and black ink;

signed lower left: Painted by / C. Bestland / 1792

300 by 376 mm (drawing)

481 by 633 mm (mount)

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Overall the work has been well preserved. The lead white highlights have oxidised. The work is sold unframed.

The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.

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Please note that all lots in this sale will be kept at New Bond Street for 2 weeks after the sale until the 4th October. All lots after this date will be sent to our fine art storage facility in Greenford Park.

Sale, London, Sotheby's, 12 February 1970, lot 125;

with The Fine Art Society, London;

acquired by Walter Brandt (1902-1978);

by family descent until the present owner

Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Exhibition of English Drawings and Watercolours from a Private Collection, 1971, no. 8