Study of a Sleeping Cat, by Walter Richard Sickert 

line drawing of a cat curled up asleep

Sickert (1860-1942) was one of the most progressive artists of late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was prominent amongst a group of British artists who absorbed the ideas and techniques of modern French painters. His subjects usually included music halls, dancers, singers, street scenes, low-life bedroom interiors and portraits set in London and France.  

He would also draw everyday objects and scenes that caught his attention. This simple yet expressive line sketch is only the size of a Post-It note, but it manages to capture the recognisable characteristics of a sleeping cat curled up on the floor.

The Walker Art Gallery collection holds more than 350 watercolours and drawings by Sickert. These illustrate his love for sketching and capturing the moment. 

  • Ink on paper
  • Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery from the Sickert Trust in 1948
  • Accession number WAG 5442