The figure in the present lot can be seen at the front of the procession in Vereshchagin's larger drawing (fig.1), which was acquired by Pavel Tretyakov in 1875 and known to have been executed in Paris with material gathered during his journeys in the Caucasus with Lev Lagorio in 1865.
The sheet has discoloured. There is a crease in the lower left edge. There are water stains around the hand of the figure on the left and in the background. There is some scattered foxing and surface scratches in places. The reverse of the sheet is attached to the mount in four places. Held in a gold painted wooden frame with velvet mount behind glass. Unexamined out of 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."