The canvas has not been lined and has been safely attached to a keyed wooden stretcher which may be of later date. There is one small spot of paint flaking in the landscape in the centre-left of the composition, along with a small spot of paint lifting in the hat of the man in the foreground which might benefit from some work of consolidation. Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals areas of retouching notably in the upper half of the composition, including:
- extensive areas in the sky and in the landscape;
- areas of retouching in the shirts and trousers of the two men in the background;
- strokes of retouching in the hat and in the cheek of the man in the foreground; and
- other small, scattered spots throughout.
Overall, this work presents well to the naked eye.
Presented in a dark, floating frame.
Colours in reality are less saturated and softer than in the catalogue illustration. "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."