Sotheby’s London, 21 June 1989, lot 108 where purchased by Seymour Stein
This is a study of the central figure in one of Herbert’s nine mural paintings executed for the Peer’s Robing Room at the Houses of Parliament, The Judgement of Daniel. It depicts the exiled prophet Daniel interceding in the false trial of a woman named Susannah. Herbert worked on the decorative project for more than fourteen years from 1850 in a process known as stereochrome which did not last long before it began to darken (they are now almost invisible).
The picture has been relined which is providing a stable structural support. There are no signs of craquelure. There are a couple of minor surface abrasion to the wall on the right of the figure and another small abrasion to the left. along the lower edge there are a few further starches and a vertical scrape to the paint surface (approximately 1cm).
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are minor flecked retouchings to the figure and through the background which have been well executed and are not excessive - they appear to be purely cosmetic.
The picture is contained in a simple gilt frame. "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."