WALTER RICHARD SICKERT, A.R.A.
A CHILD OF THE GHETTO, MR ISRAEL ZANGWILL
signed Sic (lower right)
ink, watercolour and gouache on paper
unframed: whole sheet - 36 by 26cm., 14 by 10in.; image - 32.5 by 21.5cm., 12½ by 8½in.
framed: 55 by 42cm., 21½ by 16½in.
Executed in 1897.
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The sheet is attached to the mount with a strip of adhesive tape at the left edge. There are Artist's pinholes at the extreme corners. The sheet undulates slightly in keeping with the Artist's materials. The left edge is slightly unevenly torn, not visible in the present frame, and the other three edges appear neatly cut, also not visible in the present frame. There are remnants of adhesive towards the edges, with a few minor instances to the background grey. There are a few very faint and minor scuffs. There are tiny instances of craquelure to a few raised areas of paint, only visible upon extremely close inspection. There is dirt and handling marks to the extreme edges. There is possible time staining and mount staining to the sheet, not visible in the present frame. This excepting the work appears in very good overall condition, with strong colours throughout.
The work is window mounted and held behind glass in a painted wooden frame.
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The Leicester Galleries, London
Acquired by Mr Logan Pearsall Smith at the 1941 exhibition
The Fine Art Society, London, where acquired by Edgar Astaire, 30 June 1995
Christie's, London, 26 June 2015, lot 124
Vanity Fair, 25 February 1897, illustrated
Wendy Baron, Sickert, Phaidon, 1973, cat. no.96, p.315
Wendy Baron, Sickert: Paintings and Drawings, New Haven and London, 2006, cat. no.79.2, pp.199-200
London, The Leicester Galleries, The First Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture by Artists of Fame and Promise, Summer 1941, cat. no.38
The present work depicts Israel Zangwill (1964-1926), the Zionist Jewish leader and writer who was an acquiantance of Sickert's first wife Ellen Cobden. The work is distinctly Whistlerian in its style and tone notably in the muted and closely modulated greys of the background. The present work was a sketch for Vanity Fair which was published on 25 February 1897. It was called A Child of the Ghetto after the title of a story by Zangwill set in the Venetian ghetto and which had been recently published.
There is an oil portrait of Israel Zangwill by Sickert in the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.