Walter Richard Sickert

Walter Richard Sickert

Munich (München), Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 22 Jan 1942 (aged 82)
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Burial Bathampton, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Memorial ID 6946009 · View Source
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English painter, a dominant figure in 19th-century British Impressionism. He was born into a Danish-German family in Munich, which moved to London in 1868. Walter had shown early artistic talent, but he first worked unsuccessfully as an actor, and then studied painting at the Slade School, London. For a while he was J. Whistler's assistant, later in Paris he worked with Edgar Degas. In 1885 he married Ellen Cobden, the daughter of the influential Liberal politician Richard Cobden. The marriage was childless and unhappy. Ellen divorced him in 1899. In 1911 he married Christine Drummond Angus, his student, who was eighteen years his junior. She died in 1920. Sickert had studios in the East End, a working-class section of London, where between August and November 1888 five prostitutes were murdered. In 1909, he produced a series of paintings, known as the Camden Town Murders, which were based on these killings by Jack the Ripper. One of Sickert's works was named "Jack the Ripper's Bedroom". His studio become the center for young artists, which, at Sickert's suggestion, called themselves the Camden Town Group, named from the district of London in which he lived. In 1920-22 he lived in Dieppe. His third wife, whom he married in 1926, was the painter Thérèse Lessore. From 1924 Sickert was an associate of the Royal Academy, and later, for a short period, its President. As a well-known figure, he met briefly Winston Churchill, a talented amateur painter, who invited him to Chartwell to give advice on technique. In Portrait of a Killer by P. Cornwell she claims that Sickert is a serial killer, Jack the Ripper. However Ripperologists have not favoured his theory and for the majority the exact identity of the suspect remains mysterious.

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