Walter Richard Sickert A.R.A. (British, 1860-1942) Rue de la Boucherie with St Jacques 45.9 x 54.9 cm. (18 1/8 x 21 5/8 in.)
Lot 42
Walter Richard Sickert A.R.A.
(British, 1860-1942)
Rue de la Boucherie with St Jacques 45.9 x 54.9 cm. (18 1/8 x 21 5/8 in.)
£50,000 - 80,000
US$ 83,000 - 130,000
Lot Details
Walter Richard Sickert A.R.A. (British, 1860-1942)
Rue de la Boucherie with St Jacques
signed 'Sickert' (lower right)
oil on canvas
45.9 x 54.9 cm. (18 1/8 x 21 5/8 in.)
Painted circa 1902

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    With Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris
    Arthur Clifton (of the Carfax Gallery, London) and by descent to
    Mrs. Madeline Clifton (née Knox)
    With Agnew's Gallery, London
    Sale; Christie's, London, 19 October 1979, lot 24
    Private Collection, Paris
    With Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 30 April 1985, where acquired by
    Lord Jeffrey Archer
    His sale; Christie's, South Kensington, 21 June 2011, lot 77, where acquired by the present owner
    Private Collection, U.K.

    Exhibited
    London, Agnew's Gallery, Sickert; Centenary Exhibition of Pictures from Private Collections, March-April 1960, cat.no.37 (as Place St Jacques, Dieppe)

    Literature
    Wendy Baron, Sickert, Phaidon, London, 1973, p.329, no.151.1
    Wendy Baron, Sickert, Paintings and Drawings, Yale University Press, London & New Haven, 2006, p.257-58, cat.no.154.1

    Dieppe was Sickert's second home. He visited and painted in Dieppe nearly every summer from 1883 until autumn 1898 when he left London to live in Dieppe permanently. He did not return to live in London until 1905. Interrupted only by several long visits to Venice, Sickert spent his time in Dieppe painting its architecture, its churches and its harbour. As the French painter Jacques-Emile Blanche acknowledged: 'No other artist has so perfectly felt and expressed the character of the town, whose Canaletto he has become'.

    Sickert drew and painted the subject of the present work many times. Informally called Place de l'Église, it shows rue de la Boucherie behind an open space closed on the left by the south flank of St Jacques, the major church of Dieppe. The main market was – and still is – set up in the Place Nationale, just behind the rue de la Boucherie, but a few fishwives, flower sellers and other traders sold their produce in the space painted here by Sickert. Seven paintings are catalogued by Baron, one of which (York Art Gallery) is dated 1903. All but the present work feature young trees dotted around the open space. This indicates that the present work was painted before the planting, probably around 1902.

    We are grateful to Dr. Wendy Baron for compiling this catalogue entry.
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