Description & Technical information

In his youth Sickert had acted on the stage and he often depicted London music halls and their audiences. This theatre in Camden Town, near Sickert's home in Mornington Crescent, was destroyed by a fire in 1896 and subsequently rebuilt as the 'New Bedford'. Sickert emphasises the splendour and the towering perspective of the grand Edwardian architecture, which dwarfs the audience.

By the 1860s there were over 200 small music halls in London which catered mainly for working class audiences. Sickert was one of the first artists who attempted to record their distinctive atmosphere.

Period:  19th century, 20th century
Signature: Signed 'Sickert' lower left

Dimensions: 167.6 x 117 cm (66 x 46¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: 

Beaux Arts Gallery, London

Christie’s, London, 22 February 1957 (14)

Beaux Arts Gallery, London

Vincent Price, Los Angeles

Mary Grant Price, Boston

James Kirkman

The Fine Art Society 2000

Private Collection, United Kingdom



Literature: 

Wendy Baron, Sickert, London 1973 no.367


Wendy Baron, ‘Dating Sickert’s Paintings of the New Bedford, Camden Town’, The Burlington Magazine, no. 146, May 2004


Wendy Baron, Sickert Paintings and Drawings, London 2006 no.470



Exhibitions: 

An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Walter Sickert, Royal Scottish Academy, January 1953 (12)


Walter Sickert: Paintings, Drawings and Prints, The Fine Art Society 2000 (25)


‘Frank & Cheryl Cohen at Chatsworth’ Chatsworth House, 19/03/12 – 10/06/12



Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints