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Sickert Awarded Pension

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Sickert Awarded Pension

Post by Karen on Tue 22 Jun 2010 - 6:58

Noted Artist Is Awarded State Pension.

[Released by The North American Newspaper Alliance, Inc.]

LONDON, May 18. - Mr. Richard Sickert, one of Britain's most famous artists, has been awarded a state pension. Though he is a scholar in four languages, he is famous for his studies of unscholarly middle-class people. In the old days, when he was comparatively unknown in Britain, he would go to Paris to sell his pictures. In order to impress the dealers he would stay in an expensive hotel. As soon as he had collected the money he would move to the kind of unpretentious circles he liked best. He is unsual in the fact that he frequently bases his portraits on photographs.
With his beard and the large yachting cap which he wears habitually, he is a well-known character. He is reputed to have grown the beard because it was too expensive for him to take a taxi from his country house to the nearest town for a shave.
Many will appreciate the sentiment which prompted him to say, "I wish it were possible to dictate my pictures while lying in bed."

Source: The Winnipeg Evening Tribune, May 18, 1940, Page 12

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