WALTER RICHARD SICKERT, A.R.A.
signed Sickert (lower left)
oil on canvas
unframed: 39.5 by 39.5cm., 15½ by 15½in.
framed: 54.5 by 55.5cm., 21½ by 21¾in.
Executed circa 1914.
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The canvas appears original. There a few possible flattened impasto tips. There is one extremely minor push to the right of the obelisk only visible upon extremely close inspection. There is some light surface dirt in places. This excepting, the work appears in excellent overall condition.
Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals fluorescence and a few probable instances of spot retouching to the sky.
The work is held in a gilt painted frame. The painting has very slight slipped in the frame.
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The Leicester Galleries, London
Col. P.C. Bull
His sale, Christie's, London, 10 March 1961, lot 95
His sale, Sotheby's, London, 12 April 1967, lot 35, as 'The Obelisk near Bath'
Sotheby's, London, 26 November 1969, lot 210, as 'An Obelisk near Bath'
Sotheby's, London, 19 June 1974, lot 73, as 'The Obelisk, Arques'
Christie's, South Kensington, 15 July 2015, lot 156
Wendy Baron, Sickert, London, 1973, cat. no.346.2, p.364
Wendy Baron, Sickert Paintings & Drawings, New Haven and London, 2006, cat. no.438.2, p.420