Sickert, Walter, 1860-1942

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Birth 1860-05-31
Death 1942-01-22

Biographical notes:

British painter and etcher.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (4), three with initials : [London], to Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, [1932 June 11]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664366

Walter Sickert, painter and etcher, was born in Munich, Germany, and moved to London, England, with his family in 1868. He studied at the Slade, where he became a pupil of Whistler and later was influenced by Degas. He painted theater and music hall scenes, 1889-1899, did many etchings, and taught at the Westminster Art School until 1918. He is credited with helping to blend French impressionism with English painting styles.

From the description of Walter Sickert note to My dear White, 1891 or 2. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70669973

British painter.

From the description of Letters, ca. 1898-1914. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 79696944

Walter Sickert married Christine Angus in 1911, having divorced his first wife Ellen Cobden in 1899. Christine Angus was the daughter of a Scottish leather merchant and a former pupil at Rowlandson House, the school founded by Sickert. They spent their honeymoon in Dieppe where Sickert sold his house at Neuville and purchased the Villa d'Aumale at Envermeu. When they returned to London they lived in Harrington Square and then Gloucester Crescent, Sickert keeping a room in Mornington Crescent and a studio at Rowlandson House.

In 1914 the outbreak of the war forced them to cut short their annual holiday to Dieppe. Sickert closed Rowlandson House, but held a teaching post at the Westminster Technical Institute, gave private classes, and exhibited with the Camden Town Group. Instead of Dieppe, they spent the summer of 1915 in Chagford and Devon and went to Bath in 1916 and 1917. They moved to Camden Road in 1917.

When the war ended they sold the Villa d'Aumale and purchased the Maison Mouton, formerly a gendarmerie. Christine fell ill not long afterwards, in Dieppe, and they went to London for medical treatment. But in October 1920, having returned to Dieppe, Christine finally died of consumption. Sickert suffered the loss heavily, and for a while lived in Dieppe on his own. Thérèse Lessore, another painter, became close to him and in 1926 they married, living in Islington from 1927.

From the guide to the The papers of Walter Sickert, [1887-1945], (Tate Gallery Archive)


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