PHILIP HERMOGENES CALDERON, R.A.
signed and dated l.r.: PH CALDERON. 1880; numbered, titled and signed on the stretcher: No5 The Vine P.H. Calderon
oil on canvas
144 by 113cm., 57 by 44in.
This picture is unlined an in good condition. There are areas of craquelure and the paint surface is dirty - the picture would benfit from a light clean. There is a small spot of paint loss in the sky to the left of her ehad and another to her skirt close to the centre of the lower edge.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are isolated areas of retouching in the sky, a diagonal line to her right forearm, retouching to an area of the vine below her basket and four more significant areas to the left foreground and further retouching in the lower right foreground.
the picture is contained in an attractive moulded plaster framne with laureate decoration - probably the original.
"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."
Bought from the artist by Sir John Aird, Hyde Park Terrace, London and thence to his son Malcolm Rucker Aird, Woolton House, Newbury;
Christie's, London, 1 May 1931, lot 14;
Sotheby's, London, 24 October 1972, lot 67;
Christie's, London, 16 March 1973, lot 39
London, Royal Academy, 1880, no.25
Art Journal, 1880, p.186
This is one of the eight paintings by the artist owned by the famous civil engineer John Aird and hung in 'The Calderon Room' of his London home, alongside its companion-piece The Olive, also exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1880.