An image of Katie Lawrence at Gatti's

Walter Richard Sickert

(England 31 May 1860 – 22 Jan 1942)

Katie Lawrence at Gatti's

Other titles:
Gatti's Hungerford Palace of Varieties: second turn of Katie Lawrence, Second turn of Katie Lawrence at Gatti's Hungerford Varieties; Tom Tinsley in the Chair
Not on display
Further information

Born in Munich of Danish parents, Walter Sickert came to England as a child in 1868. Taught by Whistler and inspired by Degas, whom he knew, he became one of the most influential and prolific British painters of his period. Experimenting with late impressionist and post-impressionist idioms, Sickert forged a personal practice devoted almost entirely to depictions of metropolitan life, some of them squalid. He settled permanently in London in 1905, from which time his studio served as a nerve-centre for the younger 'realist' painters of the Camden Town Group. Sickert's love of urban types, bohemia and the world of variety theatre is apparent in this atmospheric canvas. Katie Lawrence was a knockabout songstress who frequently headlined at Gatti's venue. Despite Sickert's interest in working-class themes his art is far from populist, appealing as it does to sophisticated taste. Daringly, the painter portrays Lawrence as little more than a footlit smudge.

AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

circa 1903
oil on canvas mounted on hardboard
84.4 x 99.3 cm board; 103.2 x 117.5 x 7.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.r., black oil "Sickert". Not dated.

Watson Bequest Fund 1946
Accession number
Messrs Wallace, England, by 1933, lent to Retrospective exhibition of pictures by W.R. Sickert, A.R.A. at Agnew's 1933,
Mrs J.B. Priestley, England, possibly Mary ('Jane') Wyndham Lewis, 2nd wife of J.B. (John Boynton) Priestley (1894-1984)
Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Arthur Tooth & Sons 1946