The canvas appears to be original and sound. There are areas of craquelure throughout. To the upper part of the canvas, there is one fine, horizontal crack that runs just below the upper horizontal edge, most probably where the canvas has come to rest on the stretcher bar. There is some associated lifting of paint in the craquelure. There is some minor rubbing to the extreme edges and associated small flecks of loss consistent with frame abrasion. There is some surface dirt and studio matter apparent. There also appears to be a nail in the canvas in the upper left corner. Subject to the above the work appears to be in overall good condition.
Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals no obvious signs of restoration or retouching.
The work is presented in a painted wooden frame.
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