8 June 2007
Walter Richard Sickert, A.R.A. (1860-1942)
Girl playing a piano
inscribed 'A Son père - Souvenir de 1914' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
30 x 22½ in. (76.2 x 57.2 cm.)
Painted in 1914.
with Beaux Arts Gallery, London.
with Leicester Galleries, London.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 8 July 1955, lot 115, where purchased by the present owner.
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W. Baron, Sickert Paintings and Drawings, New Haven and London, 2006, p. 404, no. 410.6, illustrated p. 405.
Wendy Baron comments on the present work, 'A camaïeu preparation in two colours (pinky browns and blues) of a woman in profile at a piano which could be a later reminiscence of the Tavernier project' (see W. Baron, loc. cit.). The sitter of some piano pictures of this period is Emily Powell, also known as 'Chicken'; the present work does not depict Chicken, but possibly Mlle Tavernier.
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