by Walter Sickert
oil on canvas, 1935
27 in. x 10 in. (686 mm x 254 mm)
Given by Sir Alec Martin through the Art Fund, 1943
Sitterback to top
- Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), Painter. Sitter associated with 21 portraits, Artist associated with 10 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), Painter. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter associated with 21 portraits.
This portraitback to top
From 1927 Sickert worked mainly from photographs and this self-portrait was probably painted from a snapshot. It is one of numerous portraits that Sickert painted of himself in later life and shows him walking into Piccadilly in London.
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- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 22
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 70 Read entry
Sickert depicts himself aged seventy, in a large-check tweed suit, bowler hat and walking stick. The abrupt composition, with figures caught in motion, of this thin grisaille painting shows its origins in the huge collection of torn-out press photos that Sickert assembled and which were the basis of much of his late work. Sickert trained at the Slade, and is best known for his depictions of music hall entertainments and urban life.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 564
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Events of 1935back to top
Current affairsStanley Baldwin starts his third term as Prime Minister after Ramsay Macdonald resigns due to ill health. Coincidentally, Baldwin's first term in office also came about when the Prime Minister of the time, Bonar Law, stepped down due to illness in 1923.
Art and scienceRobert Watson-Watt demonstrates Radar, showing how an aircraft can be tracked by detecting radio waves reflected off it. During the war, Watson-Watt established a network of machines and operators that helped detect the approach of enemy aircraft in the Battle of Britain.
Penguin publishes its first paperback books, making reading more portable and affordable to a wider audience.
InternationalItaly invades Abyssinia. The invasion of the country now known as Ethiopia was part of Mussolini's plan to create an Italian Empire. It was also an attempt to avenge Abyssinia's victory over the Italian army at Adowa in 1896.
Germany introduces conscription, breaking the disarmament clause of the Treaty of Versailles.