Property from a European Private Collection
London 1748 - 1815
The battle of San Domingo, 6 February 1806
indistinctly signed or inscribed lower right
oil on canvas
60 x 91 cm.; 23⅝ x 35¾ in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish only slightly discoloured. Faint lines of craquelure caused by the stretcher are just visible in a rectangle shape around the edges. A slightly more visible network of diagonal lines of craquelure is in the lower right corner. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals few small, scattered retouchings in the sky, the most concentrated area of which is an M-shape approx. 1 x 2cm. centre left. Other small retouchings are in the choppy waves around the ship on the right, to an area in its rigging, in the foreground lower centre, and in the sails of the central vessels. The painting is largely untouched however and is in overall good condition. Offered in a plain gilt wood frame with decorative fillet, with the names of the ships inscribed on plaques below.
"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.
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With N.R. Omell, London, October 1972;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 3 May 2000, lot 4.