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The Trapeze: 2410

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Object information


The Trapeze


Sickert, Walter Richard (Painter)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1939) by Hindley Smith, Frank


Production date: CE 1920


From the date it is probable that the scene is taken from a circus at Dieppe, where Sickert is known to have made studies in a circus during his 1919-22 visit.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support: composed of canvas Frame: Depth 9.2 cm Height 86.5 cm Width 102.5 cm
Canvas: Height 64.7 cm Width 81 cm

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Sickert
  • Location: Lower left
  • Signature
  • Text: 1920
  • Location: Lower left
  • Date
  • Text: Sickert
  • Location: Lower right
  • Signature
  • Text: Paris frame maker, Paul Foinet fils
  • Location: Verso
  • Stencil
  • Text: "Centenary of Norwich Museum. Loan collection of pictures" ?1925 No. 51, "The Trapeze". Lent by Hindley Smith Esq
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Printed, completed in typescript
  • Label
  • Text: Sickert Exhibition at Agnew's, 1933, No 10. "The Trapeze; Dieppe." Lent Hindley Smith
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Printed, completed in MS
  • Label
  • Text: (two, seemingly to do with bequest)
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: MS
  • Label
  • Text: (artists materials dealer in Paris)
  • Location: Verso, canvas
  • Stencil

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2410
Primary reference Number: 3863
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 27 May 2021 Last processed: Friday 28 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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