• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5885

    20th Century British Art

    23 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 53

    Walter Richard Sickert, A.R.A. (1860-1942)

    Study for Sinn Fein

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Walter Richard Sickert, A.R.A. (1860-1942)
    Study for Sinn Fein
    signed 'Sickert' (lower right) and inscribed 'Study for Sinn Fein' (lower centre)
    pencil, ink and wash
    10½ x 8 in. (26.7 x 20.4 cm.)


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    Wendy Baron writes 'Sickert studied this two-figure composition from life, rather than from a photograph. This suggests that the overtly political and contemporary title was borrowed ... The revolutionary Sinn Feiner is depicted as a sad and much diminished figure, cowed by the authority of his large and dominant mother; perhaps he is a metaphor for Ireland, she for Great Britain, the motherland' (W. Baron, Sickert Paintings and Drawings, New Haven and London, 2006, p. 433).

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    Provenance

    W.H. Stephenson, Esq., Southport.
    with Agnews, London.


    Literature

    W. Baron, Sickert Paintings and Drawings, New Haven and London, 2006, p. 433, pl. 458.1, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    London, National Gallery, British Painting Since Whistler, 1940, no. 584.
    Southport, Atkinson Art Gallery, Festival Exhibition of Local Art Treasures, June - September 1951, no. 251.