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Item 415 - Walter Sickert Catalog 580 (Apr 2020)

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British painter and printmaker (1860-1942) who was a member of the Camden Town Group of Post-Impressionist artists and was an important influence on distinctively British styles of avant-garde art in the mid- and late 20th century. ALS signed “Walter,” one page both sides, 8.25 x 10.75, Neuville-Lez-Dieppe letterhead, no date. Penned in his difficult to decipher hand, a warm letter to his mother, Eleanor Louisa Henry, an illegitimate daughter of the British astronomer Richard Sheepshanks, in part: "Your dear kind letter was very consoling to get & I often think of & wish for the the presence of the one person living who…has wished me well for 45 years. It is rather hard that I am so entirely separated from you. Yet as I can only just live in France, I suppose I couldn't live…in England….I don't think I have anything much to complain of. Any troubles I have had have been of my own making. And I am at any rate doing the work I always wanted to do, & appreciated in the place where appreciation is the most worth having. Few people have been allowed to realize their ambitions more easily than I have." Sickert also writes affectionately of a recent visit by his younger brother Robert: "He has kept...a sort of absurd chirpiness, which seems to arm him against ills that would crush most people's spirits & courage. He is cultivating his literary perceptions, & I think he will find both pleasure & profit in the work he has taken up." In fine condition, with light creasing and intersecting folds.

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