Walter Richard Sickert

Girl at a Window, Little Rachel

1907

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 508 x 406 mm
frame: 765 x 665 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1991
Reference
T06447

Display caption

This is one of six paintings and numerous drawings by Sickert of his frame-maker’s daughter, known affectionately as ‘Little Rachel’. Sickert described the series as a ‘set of studies of Illumination … A little Jewish girl of 13 or so with red hair’.
Here the young girl’s gaze is averted from both the artist and the view across Mornington Crescent Gardens out of the window. There is no key to her thoughts but, she is on the brink of adulthood; the closed window possibly suggests her future confinement as wife and mother.

Gallery label, November 2016

Catalogue entry