Maxton as “Hamlet”

  • About the work
    Country: Germany
    City: Berlin
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Born in Munich, Walter Richard Sickert was a British artist of mixed Dutch and Danish parentage. He abandoned an acting career in 1881 to briefly enter the Slade School of Art in London, before apprenticing under James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) in 1882. During a visit to Paris in 1883, he was introduced to Edgar Degas who inspired Sickert's practice of using figure and location drawings made ‘on the spot’ to produce finished paintings back in the studio. During the 1890s he chiefly painted portraits in London and townscapes in Dieppe. From 1905 he lived in the Camden Town area and in 1911 established the Camden Town group of artists. In 1934 Sickert moved to Broadstairs in Kent with Thérèse Lessore, his third wife, and then again near Bath in 1938. He received few official honours in his lifetime but a major retrospective of his work was held before his death, with posthumous exhibitions at Tate Britain in 1960, and the Courtauld Gallery, London, in 2007–2008.
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    Cruickshank, Andrew John Maxton
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Maxton as “Hamlet”
    Oil on canvas
    height: 82.50 cm, width: 36.50 cm
    Purchased from Leicester Galleries, January 1960
    bc: Sickert
    Consigned by the artist to Leicester Galleries, London, on 12 April 1939; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in December 1959, as ‘Mr Maxton as Hamlet’
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