The composition of the present lot closely relates to the painting Vernet's, Dieppe, circa 1920 (see W. Baron, Sickert: Paintings & Drawings, New Haven and London, 2006, pp. 495-6, no. 582, illustrated). The hatching and emphatic tonal patterning of this drawing suggests it may have been executed as a preliminary idea for a potential etching. Sickert was publishing a number of etchings in 1920, including several of Dieppe subjects. He could well have considered, and rejected, this view of Vernet's as a subject.
We are very grateful to Dr Wendy Baron for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.