Walter Sickert wrote to Ethel Sands in 1914: ‘I shall probably come into Dieppe every Saturday. To study my arcade café picture’ (TGA 9125/5, no.103). In this drawing Sickert has studied flag bunting hanging from a ceiling. Partly obscured by the flags are the words ‘CA[F]E [S]UISSE’. This study was most probably used as a reference for the painting, Café des Arcades or Café Suisse 1914 (private collection), which includes flags hanging from the ceiling. Related drawings held in Tate Archive are the following: TGA 8120/3/1, TGA 8120/3/11, TGA 8120/3/12, TGA 8120/3/14, TGA 8120/3/15, TGA 8120/3/16 and TGA 8120/3/29. The drawing is referenced in Wendy Baron, Sickert: Paintings and Drawings, New Haven and London 2006, no.440.16.
Helena Bonett September 2010
How to cite
Walter Richard Sickert, Flags 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-flags-in-the-cafe-suisse-dieppe-r1104629, accessed 21 January 2022.