The New Bedford

by Walter Sickert

P.O.A.

In his youth Sickert had acted on the stage and he often depicted London music halls and their audiences. This theatre in Camden Town, near Sickert’s home in Mornington Crescent, was destroyed by fire in 1896 and subsequently rebuilt as the ‘New Bedford’. Sickert emphasises the splendour and the towering perspective of the grand Edwardian architecture which dwarfs the audience.
 
By the 1860s there were over 200 small music halls in London which catered mainly for working class audiences. Sickert was one of the first artists who attempted to record their distinctive atmosphere.
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 66.0 x 46.1 in./167.6 x 117.0 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Sickert’ (lower left)
MEDIUM: Tempers on canvas
Catalogue No: 5698 Categories: ,

British artist, Walter Sickert was the founding member of the Camden Town Group in London and became an important part of influencing British avant-garde art in the early 20th century.

In his youth Sickert had acted on the stage and he often depicted London music halls and their audiences. This theatre in Camden Town, near Sickert’s home in Mornington Crescent, was destroyed by fire in 1896 and subsequently rebuilt as the ‘New Bedford’. Sickert emphasises the splendour and the towering perspectiveof the grand Edwardian architecture which dwarfs the audience.
 
By the 1860s there were over 200 small music halls in London which catered mainly for working class audiences. Sickert was one of the first artists who attempted to record their distinctive atmosphere.

Beaux Arts Gallery, London: Christie’s, London, 22 February 1957 (14)

Vincent Price, Los Angeles

Mary Grant Price, Boston: James Kirkman

The Fine Art Society 2000

Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Walter Richard Sickert was a British artist and a founding member of the Camden Town Group in London, influencing distinctively British styles of avant-garde art in the 1900’s.

Sickert preferred painting ordinary people and urban scenes as his subject-matter and is therefore considered a prominent figure in the transition between impressionism to modernism, making his work notable and influential to the progression of modern art.

Sickert was raised in Munich, Germany but soon moved to Britain due to the German annexation of Schleswig –Holstein in 1868. He was educated at the University College School before transferring to King’s College School where he studied until 1878.

In 1883 Sickert travelled to Paris where he met Edgar Degas whose work had a strong influence of Sicker’s style, through his use of pictorial space and his emphasis on bold lines with drawing. Thus, helping him to develop his own unique version of impressionism, which in turn favoured sombre colouration. Throughout the year 1888 Sickert enrolled in the New English Art club and exhibited two of his paintings at the NEAC.

During the early 20th century many pieces of Sickert’s works were painted in a heavy impasto and narrow tonal range to give the impression that the paint was coming out of the canvas and give an improved texture to his work.

An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Walter Sickert, Royal Scottish Academy, January 1953 (12)

Walter Sickert: Paintings, Drawings and Prints, The Fine Art Society 2000 (25)

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