Walter Richard Sickert

The New Bedford

c.1914–15

Not on display
Artist
Walter Richard Sickert 1860–1942
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 914 x 356 mm
frame: 1105 x 545 x 62 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Sir Edward Marsh through the Contemporary Art Society 1953
Reference
N06174

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In his youth Sickert had acted on the stage and he often depicted London music halls and their audiences. This theatre in Camden Town, near Sickert’s home in Mornington Crescent, was destroyed by fire in 1896 and subsequently rebuilt as the ‘New Bedford’. Sickert emphasises the splendour and the towering perspective of the grand Edwardian architecture which dwarfs the audience.

By the 1860s there were over 200 small music halls in London which catered mainly for working class audiences. Sickert was one of the first artists who attempted to record their distinctive atmosphere.

Gallery label, September 2004

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