Beaux Arts, London Fine Art Society, London Stanley J. Seeger His sale, Sotheby's London, 5th March 2014, lot 964, where acquired by the present owner
London, Beaux Arts Gallery, John Bratby, September - October 1957, cat. no.7; Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, Paintings by Smith, Davie and Bratby, 25th November - 21st December 1957 (details untraced).
We are grateful to Vivienne Roberts for her kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.
Unexamined out of frame. There work consists of two panels and there is a large seam between them, in keeping with the Artist's materials and working methods. There are a number of losses towards the right edge of the panel, where some of the thicker areas of impasto have come away. There is also some flattening to the heads of some of the impasto tips, in particular one at the upper right of the lower board and one at the right edge of the upper board. There are also some fine cracks in the thicker areas of impasto. There is surface dirt throughout and evidence of studio matter. This excepting the work appears to be in good overall condition.
Inspection under ultra violet light reveals no obvious signs of fluorescence or retouching.
The work is held behind perspex in a simple, painted wooden frame.
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