Property from a Private Collection
Snitterfield, Warwickshire circa 1678 - 1764 London
A dark chestnut racehorse held by a jockey, by the rubbing down house, Newmarket Heath
signed lower left: JWootton f
oil on canvas
101.5 x 127 cm.; 40 x 50 in.
The canvas has been lined, the paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish is slightly discoloured. The painting is in very good overall condition. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals that the painting is largely untouched, with very few and minor scattered retouchings in the shadows around the horse’s hooves and the jockey’s feet in the foreground; to an extremely fine, superficial scratch in the sky just above the horse; and in the horse’s hind legs, and just above its front legs.
"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
With Richard Green, London;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 8 November 1995, lot 135, where acquired by the present owner.