The composition of The New Tie relates to the canvas, L'Armoire à Glace (Tate Gallery, London) which Sickert began in 1922 before the present work, completing it in 1924. In The New Tie, the figure of a man is introduced to the foreground of the drawing and the model Marie Pepin is just visible in the background. Another work of the same subject and date resides in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow. This work was reproduced as an etching at the same time. The present work was once in the collection of Dr Robert Emmons, Sickert's first biographer and author of The Life and Opinions of William R. Sickert (1941).
We are grateful to Dr Wendy Baron for her assistance in cataloguing this work.