Wells, Somerset ? c. 1590 - 1665 London
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with gold on vellum, mounted on prepared card, gilt-metal frame;
signed with the artist's initials and dated right centre: 1652 [?] / IH.
65 by 50 mm.
Earth colours have retained their original power. For some reason an attempt was made to obliterate the date, which was partially successful.
"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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Sale, London, Christie's, 26 November 1986, lot 179