London, South Kensington
13 June 2002
Walter Richard Sickert, A.R.A. (1860-1942)
signed 'Rd. St. A.R.A.' (lower right) and inscribed 'La Guiseppina' (lower left)
pencil on buff paper
11¾ x 8 3/8 in. (29.8 x 21.3 cm.)
Executed in 1903
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, London, 5 Mar 1980, lot 21, where purchased by the present owner.
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Probably, London, Browse & Darby, Sickert Paintings and Drawings, Apr-May 1978, no.34.
In the autumn of 1903 Sickert travelled to Venice where he took rooms at 940 Calle dei Frati until the summer of 1904. The sharp-featured Guiseppina was a favourite model. Her work as a prostitute allowed her time to sit for Sickert each day between 9 and 11 in the morning and between 1 and 4 in the afternoon.
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