JOHN SMART | PORTRAIT OF MISS HAMMOND
London 1741 - 1811
PORTRAIT OF MISS HAMMOND
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gold frame;
signed with the artist's initials and dated lower left: JS: / 1779
47 by 39 mm.
There is evidence of dry mould all over, this is disenable under magnification. There is a line running horizontally through the date towards the sitter's chest, which is in fact part of the artist's preparation of the ground (and therefore something he accepted) and not a later condition issue.
"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."
Charles William Dyson Perrins (d. 1958), Malvern;
his executor's sale, London, Sotheby's, 14 May 1959, lot 69;
Edward Grosvenor Paine (d. 1989), New Orleans;
his sale, London, Christie's, 28 October 1980, lot 111
Foskett, 1964, p. 68