Overall owned by Walter Sickert
TGA 8132 Overalls Owned by Walter Sickert, c 1912, (1860-1942), Tate Archive.

For my second archive blog, I have chosen to talk about a series of items of clothing, consisting of a set of overalls (two pairs of trousers and three jackets), and a red cotton bag, used by the artist Walter Sickert. Sickert was a German-born English Impressionist painter and a member of the Camden Town Group, renowned for favouring ordinary people and urban scenes for his subjects. Sickert used these items in Dieppe and in Envermeu (France), where he first went in the summer of 1912. Both pairs of trousers and one of the jackets bear the initials “W.S.” and the bag is embroidered “SICKERT“. I was inspired to choose them because of the controversy over “The Portrait of a Man”, as shown in the recent exhibition “Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries at the National Gallery. The painting was attributed to Eugene Delacroix, but there has been a suggestion that it was done by Sickert, deliberately emulating the style of Delacroix. The speculation brings to mind the infamous controversy involving Patricia Cornwell, and her belief that Sickert was in fact Jack the Ripper. As part of her forensic methods, Cornwell had the overalls tested for DNA that might help prove her case, with inconclusive results. These items also help to illustrate the variety of items found in the archive, not only do we have Sickert’s clothing, but we also house several other Sickert-related items. These include his camera lucida, with twelve lenses and housed in a leather case, his calling cards and wallet. Tate Archive also houses a considerable amount of Sickert correspondence, photographs and drawings. Would the two controversies outlined above cause you to question the authenticity and interpretation of material held in archives?

TGA 8132

Written by David Pilling 


Bob Kohn

Filmer les gens sans caméra. Compactées, contractées, pétries, malaxées, accélérées, multipliées, enchaînées, déchainées, explosées, dépecées, torturées, ......les ''Slices of life'' triturent de l'humain, à la vie, à la mort et à l'amour. Un véritable « Shopping de vie » parmi tous les rayons des grandes surfaces et des magasins de quartier de la mise en scène du quotidien. Séquences de films connus ou pas, elles sont parties jouer ailleurs une partition qui n'étaient pas la leur. Comme en musique, la tonalité d'un film s'exprime par la force de son propre leitmotiv, par la répétition quasi hypnotique de la simple mesure de son propos.

Ces films sont une installation vidéo

Cordialement Bob Kohn