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An image of Sketch for 'The raising of Lazarus' by Walter Richard Sickert

Walter Richard Sickert

(England 31 May 1860 – 22 Jan 1942)

Title
Sketch for 'The raising of Lazarus'
Year
1929-1932
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

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.
Credit
Gift of Margaret Olley 1994
Accession number
14.1994
Location
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.

Provenance (5)

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

Bibliography (11)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Wendy Baron OBE, Sickert: paintings and drawings, New Haven, 2006. cat.no.698.2

Wendy Baron OBE, Sickert, London, 1973, 380. mentioned in reference to cat.no. 404

Wendy Baron OBE and Richard Shone (Editors), Sickert Paintings, London, 1992, 294, 295 (colour illus.). cat.no. 106

Beaux Arts London, Paintings by Walter Richard Sickert, A.R.A., London, 1933. cat.no.19

Beaux Arts London, Notable paintings by Richard Sickert, London, 1937. cat.no.17

David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Walter Richard Sickert 1860-1942: Paintings and Drawings from Public and Private Collections in Australia, Sydney, 1980. cat.no.33

Ted Gott, Laurie Benson and Sophie Matthiesson, Modern Britain 1900-1960, Melbourne, 2007, 76 (colour illus.).

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800-1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 158. cat.no. 1971

Royal Scottish Academy, An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Walter Sickert, Edinburgh, 1953. cat.no.106

Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Walter Sickert: 'drawing is the thing', Manchester, 2004, (illus.).

Exhibition history (7)

Paintings by Walter Richard Sickert, A.R.A., Beaux Arts London, London, Jul 1933–Jul 1933

Notable paintings by Richard Sickert, Beaux Arts London, London, Apr 1937–May 1937

An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Walter Sickert, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Jan 1953–Jan 1953

Walter Richard Sickert 1860-1942: Paintings and Drawings from Public and Private Collections in Australia, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 14 Aug 1980–30 Aug 1980

Sickert Paintings:

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994

Modern Britain 1900-1960, NGV: International, Melbourne, 15 Nov 2007–24 Feb 2008