To the unaided eye, this piece appears to be in good condition. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows normal fluorescence of the artist's pigments. About 7" from the left and 5" from the top of the piece there is a 1.5" horizontal surface scratch that has resulted in a minor amount of paint loss. Ultraviolet light also reveals a vertical scratch about 8" from the left and 10" from the top of the piece which has not resulted in any paint loss. This piece is exhibiting subtle craquelure throughout the sky. The piece is framed in a semi-ornate gold wooden molding frame. The frame is in good condition, showing normal signs of wear. Verso: [painted on back side of canvas] Maine Shore Gifford Beal Maine Shore; [2 stickers on back of stretcher bar] Simpson Galleries, Houston Texas.
Signed: l/r Gifford Beal
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