Walter Richard Sickert

British painter and printmaker (1860 - 1942) he was a leader of the British Impressionist movement and founder member of the Camden Town Group

Sickert was the most prominent of the group of late nineteenth and early twentieth century British artists who absorbed the ideas and techniques of modern French painters. Although beginning as a pupil of Whistler and assisting in the printing of Whistler's famous ‘Venice series’ of etchings, it was the discussions that Sickert had with Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917) in Paris and at Dieppe in the summer of 1885 that came to shape the direction that his art would take.

Sickert's subjects include music halls, dancers, singers, street scenes, low-life bedroom views and portraits. The Walker Art Gallery has outstanding examples of his work in oil, drawing and print.

Sickert's Danish father was an artist and his mother, who was the illegitimate daughter of the astronomer Richard Sheepshanks (1794 - 1855), was an Irish dancer. Sickert from the age of 18 worked as an actor under the pseudonym ‘Mr Nemo’ and toured England with several well-known companies. He appeared in Liverpool in Henry V in April 1880 and there is a photograph of him as a bowler-hatted 19 year old taken at that time in New Brighton. Sickert's love of the stage and acting was life-long and greatly influenced his art.

The fashionable French Channel resort of Dieppe was a favourite holiday spot for the Sickert family -Sickert's mother had been brought up there. Sickert visited each summer from 1879 and he lived there between 1898 and 1902 after his troubled divorce. He made so many pictures of the port and its streets and markets that his friend and fellow artist Jaques Emile Blanche (1861 - 1942) described him as ‘The Canaletto of Dieppe’.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
    1860-05-31
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Western Europe: Germany: Munich
  • Died
    1942-01-22
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Somerset: Bathampton
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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