The late Sarah Faunce confirmed the authenticity of this picture in 2002. The present work is accompanied by a certificate from the Institut Gustave Courbet dated 6 April 2022, and will be included in their forthcoming Gustave Courbet catalogue raisonné.
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The canvas has a slightly yellowed varnish and has a wax reline. In the extreme upper right corner there is a line of rubbing or paint loss where the canvas shows, likely where the canvas was folded at the corner prior to relining. Under UV light inspection, there is retouching at the extreme left and right edges and a few spots on the extreme lower edge below the signature to address frame abrasion. There are a few less brightly flourescing spots of retouching in the background in the upper right quadrant.
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