The picture is lighter in colour and fresher in tone than the catalogue illustration would suggest. The canvas has a relatively recent relining. The paint surface is in very good condition with no apparent damage or loss of paint visible to the naked eye except for a very minor depression in the canvas caused by an old abrasion upper left which is visible in the catalogue illustration. The paint is thin in places i.e. the upper right where the ground is visible however this appears to be intentional to the study and not relative to conditon issues. There is some minor surface dirt overall. Examination under ultraviolet reveals several campaigns of old retouching, the oldest being strengthening to the grey area on the left. There is also retouching to a small horizontal surface scratch in the grey area measuring approx. 2 in. parallel to the middle finger of the upper hand, however this does not compromise the integrity of the paint surface. There is some strengthening visible in the painted background and there are very minor scattered flecks of cosmetic retouching throughout the fleshtones of both hands. There is some further more recent retouching to the lower canvas edge. The picture is offered unframed. "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."