The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, August 23, 2019

Unknown Painting by Walter Sickert Re-Surfaces After 80 Years to Sell at Bonhams
Walter Richard Sickert A.R.A. (British, 1860-1942) The Blind Sea Captain.

LONDON.- A previously unknown painting by Walter Sickert, entitled The Blind Sea Captain, is one of the highlights of the 20th Century British Art Sale in New Bond Street on the 9th March.

The painting, which is estimated to sell for £40,000 – 60,000, is from a private collection, inherited by the vendor from her grandfather. The art historian Wendy Baron, who has devoted her life to studying the works of Walter Sickert, was astounded to find a painting by the artist that she had never seen.

Sickert is considered a prominent figure in the transition from Impressionism to modernism, and an important influence on distinctively British styles of avant-garde art in the 20th century. Notorious for his paintings of nudes, four of them controversially entitled, The Camden Town Murder, after a well publicised and gruesome murder of a prostitute in 1907, certainly gained Sickert attention and he became a prominent member of the Camden Town Group of artists.

The Blind Sea Captain is far more sentimental in theme, but in the outbreak of World War One it would have been an appropriate subject for Sickert. The picture itself is thought to have been painted during the summer of 1914 in Dieppe and is typical of Sickert’s proficiency as a master of mood and allusion. Wendy Baron notes in her article in the Bonhams magazine, Sickert has created “an imaginary glimpse into the lives of a man broken by blindness who, but for the devotion of his old mother or wife, would be destined for the workhouse”.

An unfinished sketch in oil on canvas, dated 1912, known as The Old Soldier has been extensively catalogued and had previously thought to be the sum of Sickert’s work on this subject. However, Wendy Baron comments, “Until The Blind Sea Captain emerged from a private collection in Scotland a few months ago, I had found nothing during 58 years spent studying Sickert’s paintings to suggest that he ever returned to this subject... Its rediscovery is thus especially exciting.”

The completed painting did emerge once (with no title except a label on the back) at an exhibition in Bradford in 1930. It had been lent by Sir Cyril Kendall Butler, a collector of contemporary art at the time, but it is still unknown when Butler bought the painting. Having been seen briefly in 1930 it disappeared for 80 years.

Matthew Bradbury, Director of 20th Century British Art at Bonhams comments “It is very rare these days to find a large and finished oil by Walter Sickert which Dr Wendy Baron has not previously seen. Not since 1991, when the company sold a 1914 oil of a Belgian soldier, has a work of this date depicting a figure appeared on the open market. We are especially pleased therefore to be handling the sale of this canvas, which is in super condition.”

Today's News

February 21, 2011

Olmec: Exhibition of Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico Opens at the de Young

Unknown Painting by Walter Sickert Re-Surfaces After 80 Years to Sell at Bonhams

Museo Picasso Málaga Presents The Kippenberger Meets Picasso Exhibition

Superlative Masterpieces From Around The World Resurface At Sotheby's Annual Irish Sale

Philly Exhibit at Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Reopens with Chinese Mummies

German Artist Susanne Kuhn's First Exhibition with Haunch of Venison Opens in London

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris Opens in Richmond, Virginia

Catholic Temples Built on Teocallis Give Account of Prehispanic Urban Planning

Lisson Gallery in London Presents the First Solo Exhibition in London by Haroon Mirza

New Portrait of Dame Anne Owers by Diarmuid Kelley Unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

Extravagant Official Publishing Entreprise Leads Christie's Auction of Books and Manuscripts

Wavelength: An Exhibition of New Work by Alyson Shotz at Derek Eller Gallery in New York

Intermission: A Three-Week Program of International Films and Videos at James Cohan Gallery

Nelson-Atkins to Take Visitors on Quite a Ride; Shuttlecarts Launch with Monet Exhibition

Andro Wekua's Latest Film "Never Sleep with a Strawberry in Your Mouth" at Kunsthalle Wien

Views of Venice by Canaletto and His Rivals in Landmark Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

Baltimore Museum of Art Exhibits Never Before Shown Images in "Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960"

First Major Museum Exhibition to Focus on the Hindu Deity Vishnu Opens in Nashville

Most Important Peploe Ever to Come to Auction Leads Scottish Colourist Paintings at Christie's

Informing the Eye of the Collector: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from J.T. Tai & Co

The Orient Expressed: Japan's Influence on Western Art at the Mississippi Museum of Art

Artist Nigin Beck Uses a Polaroid SX70 Camera for New Series of Photos at Galerie f5,6s

IVAM Announces Two Exhibitions of Masterpieces of 20th and 21st Century Art from Its Collection

Major Exhibition of the Work of British Artist George Shaw at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Italian-Born Painter Marco Casentini Opens "Family Rooms" at Gilman Contemporary

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful