Berryman collection (according to a label on the reverse).
John Stanford Perrot of Highfield, Bitton, Gloucestershire married Frances, daughter of Sir Robert Jason 4th Bt, and had a daughter named Cecilia (1742-1777). William Parker of Upton Cheney, Gloucestershire married Perrot’s daughter Cecilia.
We are grateful to David Fuller for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs.
The canvas is lined. The painting presents a strong image beneath an old varnish. It is stable on its stretcher. Stretcher bar marks are faintly visible along all edges and vertically through the center, though these are not distracting. Scattered losses along the edges, for example on the center at top edge. Inspection under UV reveals a varnish that fluoresces unevenly, though there may be some scattered fine lines of retouching in the costumes of the figures, in the shadows of the horses, for example on the front leg of the far right horse, and in the sky at center and along the center of upper edge to address the aforementioned losses. UV also reveals a small repair in the lower right quadrant beneath the horse. The painting can hung in its present state. Offered in a carved gilt wood 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. 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.