Walter Richard Sickert A.R.A. (British, 1860-1942)
Maquereaux (Mackerel) signed 'Sickert' (lower right) oil on canvasboard 15 x 45.4 cm. (6 x 17 7/8 in.)
PROVENANCE: With Durand-Ruel et Fils, Paris, 1904 With Rowland, Browse & Delbanco, London, 1947 Pamela Harris Sale; Sotheby's, 15 May 1985, lot 77 Sale; Phillips, London, 7 March 2000, lot 22, where purchased by the present owner
EXHIBITED: Probably Paris, Durand-Ruel et Fils, Société Nouvelle des Peintres et Sculpteurs, February 1903, no.141 or 142 (as Bodegone) Paris, Bernheim Jeune, Walter Sickert, 1 - 10 June 1904, no.94, on loan from Durand-Ruel et Fils London, Rowland, Browse & Delbanco, Sickert. Forty of his Finest Paintings, 20 June-4 August 1951, no.19, where lent by Miss Pamela Harris Edinburgh, Scottish Committee of the Arts Council, Diploma Galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy, An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Walter Sickert, January 1953, no.100 (as Two Mackerel and a Herring)
LITERATURE: Wendy Baron, Sickert, Paintings and Drawings, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2006, related to cat.no.426, p.414
Before Sickert left for Venice in 1903 the artist became involved with Madame Villain, a divorced fishwife in Dieppe, who acted as both landlady and mistress to the artist. It was presumably from Villain that Sickert obtained the fish for this, and further still-life paintings of the period, including Dorades, Dieppe (circa 1902-3).