Born in Munich into a family of professional artists (his father was Oswald Adalbert Sickert, a Danish landscape artist), Walter later moved to London in 1868. After first intending to be an actor, he studied at the Slade (1881) for some months, but after meeting JM WHISTLER there, he left to become his pupil and studio assistant, helping with his printmaking.
In the capacity of studio assistant Sickert came with his great friends Theresa Norah COPNALL and Mortimer MENPES to St Ives in January of 1884. He married first Ellen Cobden in the summer of 1885, but they were divorced in 1899, by which time his association and friendship with Whistler had come to an end.
He married artist Therese Lessore in 1926, and they worked creatively together. His titles from the St Ives visit include Clodgy Point, Cornwall, an oil on panel which is part of the Hunterian Art Gallery Collections in Glasgow. Wilkinson notes that both Oswald and Walter's brother Bernard (also an artist) spent time in St Ives, although any fruits of their labours there are not specifically known. Walter exhibited prolifically in the Paris Salon from 1899, but not with any Cornish reference. A safe comment is that time spent in West Cornwall was only a footnote in his famous artistic and literary career.
Painter, portrait artist, printmaker, etcher and writer
works and access
Works include: Clodgy Point, Cornwall (c1884)
Access to Work: Bristol (City); Hugh Lane AG; Liverpool (Walker); Hunterian Art Gallery Collections in Glasgow (GLAHA 43813)
Paris Salon (49) from 1899; Tate Gallery, St Ives 21 April - 31 October 1999
Arts Club 1888-93; ARA 1924; RA 1934; RBA; London Group; Camden Town Group
Western Morning News 19 Apr 1999
Centre for Whistler Studies (Glasgow): www.whistler.arts.gla.ac.uk
Cork, R (1989) 'The Visual Arts' [in] B Ford (ed) The Edwardian Age and the Inter-War Years, Vol 8 Cambridge Guide to the Arts in Britain.
Cross Shining Sands
Chantrey Bequest list: Tate On-line
Emmons (1941) The Life & Opinions of Walter Richard Sickert;
C Fox Stanhope Forbes & the Newlyn School
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn & West Cornwall (p345, bibl)
Johnson & Greutzner
Newton Painting at the Edge
Sitwell (ed) (1947) A Free House! Or The Artist as Craftsman, being the writings of Walter Richard Sickert
Whybrow St Ives;
Wood Victorian Painters
Wormleighton Morning Tide;