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Sketch for 'The raising of Lazarus'



Walter Richard Sickert


31 May 1860 - 22 Jan 1942


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.




Media category


Materials used

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


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Walter Richard Sickert

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history


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

Referenced in 11 publications


Modern Britain 1900-1960, Melbourne, 2007, 76 (colour illus.).

Sickert: paintings and drawings, New Haven, 2006.

Walter Sickert: 'drawing is the thing', Manchester, 2004, (illus.).

British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 158. 1971

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

Walter Richard Sickert 1860-1942: Paintings and Drawings from Public and Private Collections in Australia, Sydney, 1980.

Sickert, London, 1973, 380. mentioned in reference to 404

An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Walter Sickert, Edinburgh, 1953.

Notable paintings by Richard Sickert, London, 1937.

Paintings by Walter Richard Sickert, A.R.A., London, 1933.

Sickert Paintings, London, 1992, 294, 295 (colour illus.). 106