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Femme de lettres

1915

Artist
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942)

Etcher
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942)

Publisher
Carfax and Co.

Etching

Height: 15.1 cm (plate mark); Width: 18.2 cm (plate mark);

Inscription
Inscription, inscribed, signed in ink, recto, lower right

Acquisition
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1935
G.1935.SC.41

About this work
This work’s title is particularly ambiguous. The suggestion that the female depicted is an highbrow and respectable ‘Woman of Letters’ is undercut by the sexual liaison she appears to be having with the older man upon whose lap she sits. The title could be interpreted as a reference to ‘French Letters’; slang for a contraceptive. The work’s satirical character betrays Sickert’s long standing admiration for English caricature, especially William Hogarth (1697-1764) and the illustrator Charles Keene (1823-1891). (Permanent collection label)



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

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