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Walter Richard Sickert

(1860-1942), Painter

Sitter associated with 21 portraits
Artist associated with 10 portraits
Painter. Born in Munich of Danish-Irish descent, Sickert originally intended to be an actor and never lost his interest in music-halls, theatre and popular culture. He attended the Slade School. He became pupil and assistant to James McNeill Whistler during which time he met Degas who was an important influence. At the centre of the Fitzroy Street circle from 1907, Sickert was a founding member of the Camden Town Group. His subject matter, ordinary people in everyday lives, caused outrage. His later paintings were based on photographs and newspaper cuttings.

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Walter Sickert, by Philip Wilson Steer - NPG 3142

Walter Sickert

by Philip Wilson Steer
oil on canvas, published 1894
NPG 3142

Walter Sickert, by Jacques-Emile Blanche - NPG 4761

Walter Sickert

by Jacques-Emile Blanche
oil on canvas, 1898
NPG 4761

Walter Sickert, by Walter Sickert - NPG 3134

Walter Sickert

by Walter Sickert
oil on canvas, 1935
NPG 3134

Walter Sickert, by Edmond Xavier Kapp - NPG 3547

Walter Sickert

by Edmond Xavier Kapp
pen and ink, 1940
NPG 3547

Walter Sickert; Thérèse Lessore, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P869(21)

Walter Sickert; Thérèse Lessore

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, 15 September 1940
NPG P869(21)

Walter Sickert, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x6589

Walter Sickert

by George Charles Beresford
half-plate glass negative, 1911
NPG x6589

Walter Sickert, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x6590

Walter Sickert

by George Charles Beresford
half-plate glass negative, 1911
NPG x6590

Walter Sickert, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x132944

Walter Sickert

by George Charles Beresford
vintage copy print, 1911
NPG x132944

Walter Sickert, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x132945

Walter Sickert

by George Charles Beresford
vintage copy print, 1911
NPG x132945

Walter Sickert, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x132946

Walter Sickert

by George Charles Beresford
vintage copy print, 1911
NPG x132946

Walter Sickert, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x132947

Walter Sickert

by George Charles Beresford
vintage copy print, 1911
NPG x132947

Walter Sickert, by Edward Drummond Young - NPG x13288

Walter Sickert

by Edward Drummond Young
print, 1922
NPG x13288

Thérèse Lessore; Walter Sickert, by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x74797

Thérèse Lessore; Walter Sickert

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 5 March 1934
NPG x74797

Walter Sickert; Thérèse Lessore, by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x74798

Walter Sickert; Thérèse Lessore

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 5 March 1934
NPG x74798

Walter Sickert; Thérèse Lessore, by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x74799

Walter Sickert; Thérèse Lessore

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 5 March 1934
NPG x74799

Thérèse Lessore; Walter Sickert, by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x74800

Thérèse Lessore; Walter Sickert

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 5 March 1934
NPG x74800

Walter Sickert; Thérèse Lessore, by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x70976

Walter Sickert; Thérèse Lessore

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 5 March 1934
NPG x70976

Walter Sickert, by (Hewitt) Henry Rayner - NPG D1398

Walter Sickert

by (Hewitt) Henry Rayner
etching, 1931
NPG D1398

Walter Sickert, by (Hewitt) Henry Rayner - NPG D1399

Walter Sickert

by (Hewitt) Henry Rayner
etching, 1931
NPG D1399

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Lynda Mary Watts

03 July 2018, 11:41

I am very interested in the painter Walter Richard Sickert.

My mother-in-law always claimed that her mother had been given the diminutive name 'Chicken' and was painted by Sickert seated at a piano playing Tipperary. Her name was Emmeline Henrietta Cuming and she was born and lived in the St Pancras area of London near Regent's Park, from 1895 to 1918 when she moved to Portsmouth and married there. Her father Henry John Cuming ( my mother-in-law's grandfather) was a property manager at the Adelphi Theatre and Emmeline was a toe-dancer. Comparisons of Sickert's painting of Chicken show a marked similarity to Emmeline, especially in her wedding photograph taken in 1918. I believe my mother-in-law's claim to be correct as she would not have obtained this information elsewhere. Henry John Cuming's mother was Sophia Barratt (1866 to 1906) and I am wondering if there is a connection between her and the portrait of Mrs Barratt painted by Sickert.

I also possess a photograph of Emmeline as a young girl with three men in arm uniform. As far as I know Henry John was never in the army and I wonder if these uniforms may be theatrical costumes. I believe that the man on the right is Henry John Cuming, and am wondering if the man on the left may possibly be Walter Sickert.

I would be very grateful for any further information regarding Sickert's life in London in the period 1880 to 1920, and am happy to provide any other useful information on the family history.

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