Property of a Gentleman
1840 - 1905
For the Souls of the Dead at Moscow
signed with initials l.r. and titled u.l. and l.l.
42 by 32cm., 16½ by 12½in.
The paper is flat. It is a little time-stained and there are foxing stains (visible in the catalogue illustration). There is a moisture stain at the lower left edge. These stains could be removed or lessened by a professional paper restorer.
The drawing is contained in an unusual wooden frame with a decorative gilt frieze of peacocks at the top. It is contained under glass.
"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."
Lionel Lambourne OBE, (Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London);
It has been suggested that this drawing may have been a reaction to the 1892 epidemic of cholera in Russia which particularly impacted Jewish communities in Moscow.