Walter Richard Sickert A.R.A. (British, 1860-1942)
Chagford Churchyard signed 'Sickert.' (lower left) oil on panel 15 x 24 cm. (6 x 9 1/2 in.)
PROVENANCE: With Roland, Browse & Delbanco, 1963 Sale; Sotheby's, 10 June 1981, lot 101 With The Fine Art Society, London, May 1983 Private Collection, U.K.
EXHIBITED: London, Roland, Browse & Delbanco, Sickert, April - May 1963, no.47
LITERATURE: Wendy Baron, Sickert, London, 1973, cat.369 Wendy Baron, Sickert, Paintings and Drawings, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2006, cat.no.480.3, p.446
Sickert spent the summer of 1916 in Chagford, Devon. The churchyard there became one of Sickert's favorite subjects to depict and several sketches, studies and oils were produced of the churchyard with it's gravestones silhouetted against the Devonshire countryside. The present lot is a study for an oil, listed in Wendy Baron's catalogue raisonée as 480.2, and now resides in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, having been bequeathed by Lillian Browse CBE.