27 March 1997
Walter Richard Sickert, A.R.A. (1860-1942)
signed, inscribed and dated 'Sickert Baccarat 60 rue des Vignes Auteuil 19-24' (lower right)
pencil on buff paper
10 x 8 in. (25.5 x 20 cm.)
Fine Art Society, London, 1977.
Robert Haines, Sydney.
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Perth, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Survey of Drawing, The Drawings of Walter Richard Sickert, 1979, no.72 (illustrated): this exhibition travelled to Brisbane, Civic Art Gallery; and Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria.
In 1920 Sickert executed many studies of the gaming tables of the newly built Casino facing the seafront at the end of the Rue Aguado. During the summer the Casino was patronised by a fashionable clientele, amongst whom his friend Lady Blanche Hosier, the mother of Lady Winston Churchill, and it was she who complained that the players might be recognised from his drawings. Sickert then drew more discreetly on small cards. The present work is unusual in that it shows the croupier in his special chair frame.
We are very grateful to Dr. Wendy Baron for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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