SIR EDWARD JOHN POYNTER, BT., P.R.A., R.W.S.
Study for At Low Tide
pencil and white chalk on green paper
30 by 24cm., 12 by 9½in.
The sheet has been laid down. It has discoloured and there are spots of foxing across the surface, visible in the catalogue illustration. Held under glass in a gilt wood frame with a cream mount.
"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."
Sotheby's, London, 11 December 2007, lot 27 where purchased by Stan Battat
This is a study for the figure of the sea-nymph in Poynter's oil painting At Low Tide (private collection) which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1913 and printed in colours as a Pears soap advertisement in 1914. In the finished painting the nude nymph is seated on a rocky dais in a sea-cave listening to the sound of the waves echoed through a large shell she has found as the tide subsides. At Low Tide was in the collection of Viscount Leverhulme but sold by his executors in New York in 1925.