The canvas has not been lined. Ultraviolet light reveals a handful of scattered spots and a few strokes of minor retouching in the background of the composition, notably a 7cm horizontal stroke in the floor below the dog, and strokes addressing frame rubbing along the upper third of the extreme left edge and along the upper edge. With the exception of some tiny spots in the face of the gentleman in the background, there is no visible retouching to the figures. Apart from areas of fine lines of paint shrinkage primarily in the dark pigments of the background in the left half of the composition (just faintly visible in the catalogue illustration), overall this work is in good condition.
Held in a decorative gilt frame.
The catalogue illustration is overall accurate, however the varnish is very slightly yellower. "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."