Sylvia Gosse first met Sickert in 1908.
He taught her at his art school at Rowlandson House. They developed a warm friendship which was to last
until Sickert’s death in 1942.
This is based on a of Sickert taken in 1923 in a professional photographer’s studio. Sickert is shown as the professional artist he had then become, wearing a top hat and smart overcoat. In contrast to the tradition of male artists their female associates, in this portrait the woman paints her male mentor.
Gallery label, September 2004
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