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From the ending of World War One until 1920, Sickert painted a series of still lifes in his house at Envermeu, outside Dieppe. They arose out of his domestic happiness with his second wife Christine after the privations of the war. The fresh handling of the paint suggests that Roquefort was carried out directly in front of the subject. After the death of his wife in 1920, Sickert gave up still-life painting. He wrote later that 'When Christine was alive, I loved the landscapes there [at Envermeu], because they seemed to belong to her, and the still lifes too, because they were seen in her house'.

August 2004