An image of Sketch for 'The raising of Lazarus'

Walter Richard Sickert

(England 31 May 1860 – 22 Jan 1942)

Sketch for 'The raising of Lazarus'

Not on display
Further information

In 1929 Walter Sickert was given a life-size lay figure, alleged to have once belonged to William Hogarth, and the sight of it being delivered to his studio inspired him to paint three works based on the event which he reinterpreted as the raising of Lazarus.

Eager to record the scene before it faded in his mind, Sickert painted the first of the three works directly onto the wallpaper of his studio wall; this hastily painted version is now in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia. In fact, Sickert was so inspired by the event he had it re-enacted and professionally photographed with himself posed as Christ, and Cecily Hey as Lazarus' sister.

'Sketch for 'The raising of Lazarus'' is the second, and much smaller study, and was painted by Sickert as a rehearsal for the final version which is now in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.

oil on canvas
71.1 x 28.0 cm stretcher; 97.0 x 57.0 x 5.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.l., black paint "Sickert". Not dated.

Gift of Margaret Olley 1994
Accession number
Beaux Arts London, London/England, presented by Sickert to Major Lessore (Sickert's brother-in-law) owner of Beaux Arts Gallery, London
Rt Hon Trevor Roberts (2nd Baron Clwyd), England, by 1953, lent to 'An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Walter Sickert' 1953
Fine Art Society (London), London/England
Robert Haines, pre Dec 1993, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia
Margaret Olley, pre 24 Feb 1994, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of Margaret Olley 1994