The present sketch is copied from a photograph of William Pollexfen, c.1890 (see reproduction in W. Murphy, The Prodigal Father, 1978, p.173). Cottie Yeats did not meet Jack until 1892 and it is therefore unlikely that she ever met his grandfather William in person, who died in 1892.
The sheet appears sound. Not laid down. In good overall condition, held in a gilt wood frame under glass with a cream mount; unexamined out of frame. Ready to hang. "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."