Walter Richard Sickert

Miss Earhart’s Arrival

1932

Not on display

Artist
Walter Richard Sickert 1860–1942
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 717 x 1832 mm
frame: 865 x 1987 x 60 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1982
Reference
T03360

Display caption

Amelia Earhart (1898-1937) was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She landed in northern Ireland in May 1932, but this depicts her arrival in a thunderstorm at Hanworth, near London, the following day, where she was greeted by crowds of spectators. Earhart can be glimpsed in the middle distance of the right-hand side of the picture. Sickert based this painting on a newspaper photograph, from which he squared up the image. It took him only five days to complete, and itself aroused much public interest when it was exhibited soon afterwards.

Gallery label, August 2004

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