Our history – Walter Sickert

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Delve deeper into the history of our borough with our series of posts in collaboration with Islington Museum and the Local History Centre. All objects mentioned are on display or held at these venues. Read the full series here.

Walter Sickert’s palette, 1920s

This palette belonged to the artist Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), one of Britain’s most famous and respected artists. It is one of two palettes held in the Sickert family collection of artworks and archives at Islington Local History Centre.

It measures 21cm x 28cm and, as can be seen, oil residue remains in evidence on its surface, almost as if Sickert had only recently finished working with the utensil.

From 1924-1934, Sickert worked and lived at several addresses in Islington. His studio and school of art at 1 Highbury Place, which he opened in 1927, is perhaps the best known.

The artist may have even used this palette to create one of his later works, ‘The raising of Lazarus’, which he painted at his Highbury studio. The artwork was given to theatre manager Lilian Baylis by Sickert in 1932, so that it may be sold in auction to raise funds for Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

View the online exhibition ‘From Munich to Highbury: Walter Sickert and the Sickert family collection in Islington’

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