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Vision, Volumes and Recession
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Vision, Volumes and Recession

Walter Richard Sickert (1860 - 1942)

Walter Richard Sickert (1860 - 1942)


Width: 11.2 cm (plate mark); Height: 20 cm (plate mark);


Inscription, inscribed, titled, recto & lower left:

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1946

About this work
This sheet shows one of two different states of an etching of the art theorist, critic and artist, Roger Fry (1866–1934); an example of the other state is also held in The Courtauld collection. Sickert caricatures Fry as a threatening professor looming out of the shadows of a lecture hall, pointer in hand. The light from the lantern beside him illuminates his disorderly hair and spectacles, contributing to his rather zealous expression. The title on the plate refers to Fry’s strident belief that art should be understood in formal rather than literary or symbolic terms. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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