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The Oxford Music Hall

circa 1888-circa 1889


Walter Richard Sickert


31 May 1860 - 22 Jan 1942


Other Title

The old Bedford


circa 1888-circa 1889

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


76.2 x 63.5 cm stretcher; 90.5 x 77.5 x 7.3 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1944


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Walter Richard Sickert

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Mrs Clifton, pre 24 Sep 1944, United Kingdom, Purchased by Agnew's from Mrs Clifton, 24 September 1944 and sold to the AGNSW on the same day.

Agnew's, London, 24 Sep 1944, London/England, Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society on behalf of the AGNSW from Agnew's 1944. Stored in London for the duration of the war, received 1949.

Referenced in 15 publications


Wendy Baron OBE and Richard Shone (Editors), Sickert Paintings, London, 1992, 78. fig.85

Wendy Baron OBE, Sickert: paintings and drawings, '1887-1890. Mainly music halls', pg.15-22, New Haven, 2006, 19-20, 134, 182 (illus.), 343.

Wendy Baron OBE, Sickert, London, 1973, 29. 51 as 'The Oxford Music Hall' c.1888-1889

Lillian Browse, Sickert, London, 1960, 86.

Carfax & Co. Ltd, The first exhibition of the Camden Town Group, 1911.

Dutch Gallery, Exhibition of paintings and drawings by Walter Sickert and Bernhard Sickert, 1895. 37

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 176 (illus.).

Goupil Gallery, Catalogue of a collection of paintings by London impressionists, 1889. 67

Robert Haines, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterley, 'Walter Richard Sickert 1860-1942', pg.423-8, Sydney, Oct 1968, 424 (illus.), 426.

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 157. 1968

Lou Klepac, Fifth Adelaide Festival of Arts 1968: Special exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 'Walter Richard Sickert', pg. 5-12, Adelaide, 1968, 6. 3, as 'The Old Oxford Music Hall'

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Twenty three British painters, Sydney, 1953, 6. 16, as 'The Old Bedford'

Ronald Pickvance, Apollo, article, Unknown, Apr 1894, 109-110.

Anna Gruetzner Robins, Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec London and Paris 1870-1910, 'The greatest artist the world has ever known', pg. 51-93, 2005, 72 (colour illus.). 28

Author Unknown, The Yellow Book I, Unknown, Apr 1894, 85 (illus.).