In this pencil study Walter Sickert depicts a man performing on stage dressed in top hat and tails with a cane in his right hand. Two spotlights shining on the figure cast a long shadow on the floor to the left and on to the curtain to the right. Previously this work has been catalogued as a drawing of Vernet’s, a cabaret café on the Quai Henri IV in Dieppe. However, other studies and paintings of Vernet’s suggest that the café did not have a balcony; the raised perspective of this drawing, therefore, would seemingly discount Vernet’s as the location.
Helena Bonett June 2011
How to cite
Walter Richard Sickert, A Man in Top Hat and Coat Tails on Stage, ?Vernet's, Dieppe, ?c.1919-20, 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/walter-richard-sickert-a-man-in-top-hat-and-coat-tails-on-stage-vernets-dieppe-r1104720, accessed 22 January 2021.