The Camden Town Group in Context

ISBN 978-1-84976-385-1

Portrait of Walter Richard Sickert and Thérèse Lessore c.1934–42

Portrait of Walter Richard Sickert and Thérèse Lessore c.1934-42
Portrait of Walter Richard Sickert and Thérèse Lessore c.1934–42
Photograph, black and white, on paper, taken by Ronald Schweder
109 x 81 mm
Inscribed in an unknown hand 'Taken by Ronald at their house in Thanet' on back
Tate Archive TGA 8120/2/8
Walter Richard Sickert and Thérèse Lessore married in 1926, and in 1934 the couple moved to St Peter’s-in-Thanet, near Broadstairs in Kent, before moving to Bathampton in Somerset in 1938, where Sickert died on 22 January 1942. This photograph shows the couple in the porch of their house, and is inscribed on the reverse that the location is Thanet. However, other photographs in the Tate Archive that are from this series are inscribed as being taken at their house in Bathampton by Andrina Schweder, the sister of Sickert’s second wife, Christine Drummond Angus (c.1877–1920), and include her husband Ronald Schweder. An inscription on the reverse of this photograph states that it was taken by Ronald. All of these photographs were taken at the same time, therefore, in either Bathampton or Thanet. This photograph shows the older, bearded Sickert known from such paintings as The Servant of Abraham 1929 (Tate T00259).

Helena Bonett
September 2010

How to cite

Portrait of Walter Richard Sickert and Thérèse Lessore, c.1934-42, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/portrait-of-walter-richard-sickert-and-therese-lessore-r1104622, accessed 22 January 2021.