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.
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
Shown in 7 exhibitions
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
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
Ted Gott, Unknown and Unknown, Modern Britain 1900-1960, Melbourne, 2007, 76 (colour illus.).
Unknown, Sickert: paintings and drawings, New Haven, 2006. cat.no.698.2
Unknown, Walter Sickert: 'drawing is the thing', Manchester, 2004, (illus.).
Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 158. cat.no. 1971
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers
Unknown and Richard Shone (Editors), Sickert Paintings, London, 1992, 294, 295 (colour illus.). cat.no. 106
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
Unknown, Sickert, London, 1973, 380. mentioned in reference to cat.no. 404
Unknown, An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Walter Sickert, Edinburgh, 1953. cat.no.106
Unknown, Notable paintings by Richard Sickert, London, 1937. cat.no.17
Unknown, Paintings by Walter Richard Sickert, A.R.A., London, 1933. cat.no.19