The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by François Lespinasse.
Galerie Georges Petit, Paris Private Collection, Paris Sale: Loudmer, Paris, 19th June 1996, lot J Galerie Jacques Bailly, Paris (sale: Sotheby's, London, 24th March 1998, lot 63) Private Collection, United Kingdom (purchased at the above sale) Thence by descent to the present owners
The canvas is not lined. Inspection under UV light reveals small scattered spots of retouching to the cloud in the upper left quadrant and two further spots of retouching in the sky to the centre right of the composition, the larger of which measures 2 by 4cm. There are fly spots to the trees in the sky to the right of the composition, which would benefit from being removed by a restorer. There are fine lines of stable craquelure to the upper part of the sky. This work is in overall good condition. "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."