Sickert advocated painting scenes of everyday life. Most of his paintings of the 1920s were ‘low-life’ views, though he also painted some grander scenes. The futility of gambling probably appealed to his slightly jaundiced view of the world.Sickert lived in Dieppe on and off throughout his life. In 1920 he painted several pictures of the casino at Dieppe, the focus of fashionable life in the summer. Oliver Brown, later Sickert’s dealer, met him there in about 1920. Sickert was ‘drawing on small scraps of paper’, and ‘gaily remarked I am the only one who will make any money in this room’.
Gallery label, July 2007