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In the 1890s Sickert spent most of his summers at the French port of Dieppe, and from 1896 to 1905 he lived there permanently. At that time it was a fashionable holiday resort for English people, and was particularly popular with British artists. In the picture Sickert even shows a barber's sign in English on the right. The Café des Tribunaux was at a focal point of the town, where two roads converge, and was an establishment fashionable with the British. Sickert was committed to imitating French realist and Impressionist tendencies in his painting.

August 2004