The Camden Town Group in Context

ISBN 978-1-84976-385-1

Gender and sexuality

Walter Richard Sickert 'La Hollandaise' c.1906
Walter Richard Sickert
La Hollandaise c.1906
Tate T03548
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At a time of widespread suffrage demonstrations, when the idea of female independence was being debated publicly, the Camden Town Group chose to exclude women from its membership for fear of lowering the quality of the group as a whole. This restriction proved a source of controversy and tension, and was abandoned with the formation in 1913 of the successor body, the London Group. Discover more about the experiences of female artists associated with the group and the representation of women in Camden Town Group paintings.

This section also includes an important study by Lisa Tickner of Walter Sickert’s Camden Town Murder paintings and drawings that, in their titles at least, referenced a notorious murder of a young prostitute in the north London suburb.

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‘Gender and sexuality’, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012,, accessed 22 February 2024.