Sylvia Gosse

Walter Richard Sickert

1923–5

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 508 x 305 mm
frame: 668 x 466 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented anonymously 1927
Reference
N04364

Display caption

Sylvia Gosse first met Sickert in 1908. He taught her at his art school at Rowlandson House. They developed a warm friendship which was to last until Sickert’s death in 1942.

This portrait is based on a photograph of Sickert taken in 1923 in a professional photographer’s studio. Sickert is shown as the professional artist he had then become, wearing a top hat and smart overcoat. In contrast to the tradition of male artists painting their female associates, in this portrait the woman paints her male mentor.

Gallery label, September 2004

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