F. Earl Christy (1883-1961)
Portrait of Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, signed left center on the collar: F. Earl Christy, unframed pastel on canvas, image size: 21.5'' x 16'', est:$400/600. Note: Dimensions of the canvas: 26'' x 20''. Provenance: Private Collection, Sherman Oaks, CA
Visual: Heavy waterstains and mildew in the lower 1/4th of the canvas. Soiling and some scattered spots of mildew throughout the remaining canvas concentrated mainly in the sight area. A few surface scratches and rubs to the pastel including a 4'' line of rubbing on the Dutchess' right cheek. An indentation with minor loss just above the Duke's head. A nail hole on the upper center margin edge. The artist used a sight area 2'' smaller on each side and the margin is unfinished.