For much of his life, Walter Sickert would spend months at a time sketching and painting in Dieppe, which he described as his ‘goldmine’. He relocated there in 1898, and only moved back to London in 1905, reputedly after being enticed back by Spencer Gore and Albert Rutherston. In this study we can see the Café Suisse on the Arc Poissonnerie, which he drew and painted on many occasions. The letters running up the column read ‘CAFE SUISSE’ and the sign in the background to the right reads ‘CAFE BAR’. Related drawings held in Tate Archive are the following: TGA 8120/3/1, 8120/3/11, 8120/3/12, 8120/3/14, 8120/3/15, TGA 8120/3/29 and TGA 8120/3/30. The drawing is referenced in Wendy Baron, Sickert: Paintings and Drawings, New Haven and London 2006, no.440.13.
Helena Bonett September 2010
How to cite
Walter Richard Sickert, Female Figures in the Café Suisse, Dieppe, c.1914, 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-female-figures-in-the-cafe-suisse-dieppe-r1104626, accessed 26 January 2021.