Hilary Pyle, Yeats: Portrait of an Artistic Family, London, 1997, p.98, fig.45, p.41
John Butler Yeats embarked on a number of pencil self-portraits following a commission by his patron John Quinn to paint a large oil self-portrait in 1911 (see lot 64). The present work perhaps relates most closely to the final portrait, depicting him in similar pose and outfit within his studio at the Petitpas boarding house in New York.
The sheet appears to be sound, slightly discoloured. Some occasional spots of foxing along upper edge and along right edge. Overall appears in good condition.
Held under glass in a simple wood frame with a canvas inset; 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."