Private Collection, New Jersey Thence by descent to the present owner
Maud Earl came from a family of animal painters. She excelled in an era when women were not expected to earn a living as an artist and grew an active patronage ranging from private collectors to Queen Victoria.
Original unlined condition. The work presents beautifully. Under UV: there are possible finely applied reinforcements to the darkest pigments of the dog on the left; and on the back of the dark brown dog at lower right. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.