Walter Richard Sickert

Aubrey Beardsley

1894

Artist
Walter Richard Sickert 1860–1942
Medium
Tempera on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 762 x 311 mm
frame: 1010 x 553 x 61 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1932
Reference
N04655

Not on display

Display caption

This painting is believed to be based on an incident in which Beardsley was seen walking through Hampstead Church graveyard after the unveiling of a memorial to Keats. At this time Beardsley was suffering from tuberculosis, the same disease which had killed the Romantic poet. The elegantly dressed, yet emaciated figure, set against a subdued background, adds to the poignancy of the image; Beardsley died four years later. The painting was published in the Yellow Book when Beardsley was art editor.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

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