Flight into Egypt (“Echo” after John Gilbert)

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    Country: Australia
    City: Canberra
    Place: High Commission
  • 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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    Flight into Egypt (“Echo” after John Gilbert)
    Oil on canvas
    height: 46.30 cm, width: 71.30 cm
    Purchased from Leicester Galleries, November 1963
    bl: Sickert. MGM: JG
    Collection of Sir Alec Martin (1884-1971; Chairman of Christie’s, London, 1940-58; Chairman of the Wallace Collection, London; Governor of the Foundling Hospital, London); from whom purchased by Leicester Galleries, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in November 1963
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