The picture is lined - the lining is providing a stable support. There are no signs of craquelure and the paint surface is clean. There are minor frame abrasions along the edges. The picture is ready to hang.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are areas of retouching through the sky and flecked retouchings to the trees, to the dogs and in the water (lower left corner) and some further retouchings around the central figures and surrounding dogs.
The picture is contained in a fine moulded and plaster gilt frame (probably the original). "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."