Lot #439 in Summer Two Day Fine Art Sale
Summer Two Day Fine Art Sale
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- Lot No.
- WALTER RICHARD SICKERT RA (1860-1942)
South Facade of St. Jacques, Dieppe
dated '1907' (lower right)
chalk and gouache, with touches of watercolour on paper, browned, squared, laid down on backing mount
12 1/2 x 8 3/4 in (31.7 x 22.3cm)
Provenance: with Messrs Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London
Mrs H Hammersley, Christie's, King Street, London 19th March 1971, lot 54, £200 anon
Private Collection, Ludlow
This working sketch is believed to be a study for an oil painting which depicts the south facade of Saint Jacques, the fourteenth century Cathedral in Dieppe. That work (Collection of the Museum of Rouen) is dateable to 1907-1908.
Wendy Baron described Sickert as the topographer of Dieppe. 'Sickert's pictures of Dieppe's Waterfront, Streets, Churches and Old Houses constitute an enduring and reliable record of its aspect' (See Wendy Baron, Sickert, Phaidon, 1973 p 55)
Sickert's long association with Dieppe began in his childhood and continued until 1922 - a period of over three decades. The town inspired a prolific concentration by the artist on its buildings and street-scapes. Indeed the artist Jacques Emile Blanche wrote of Sickert that 'no other artist has perfectly felt and expressed the character of the town whose Canaletto he has become'.
For a depiction of the south facade of St. Jacques, from a similar viewpoint as the Brightwells' example, cf. an oil painting by Sickert offered at Christie's, King Street, London, lot 1 June 28th 2006. The Church of St. Jacques was a favoured subject for the artist. He had an interest in the dark and brooding aspect of the Gothic structure and painted it under all sorts of light and weather conditions. His numerous views of the building in the period c.1898 -1910 have resulted in a body of work whose diversity of mood and manner of execution provide one of the most intense legacies of those years.
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