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Head of Walter Sickert (1860-1942): M.17-2006

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Head of Walter Sickert (1860-1942)


Sculptor: Stirling Lee, Thomas




Bronze, cast, and patinated brown. Of approximately circular outline, depicting the head of the painter Walter Sickert in profile to right, and the name 'SICKERT' in raised letters along the viewer's right edge of the medallion.


History note: Lillian Browse, CBE (Mrs Sydney Lines), London

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs Lillian Browse

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.8 cm
Width: 15.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2005) by Browse, Lillian, CBE


Late 19th Century
Victoria I
Production date: circa AD 1882


Thomas Stirling Lee trained at the Royal Academy, London and in Paris and Rome. A close friend of the sculptor, Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), Stirling Lee worked primarily in marble and bronze. Commissions included a series of reliefs for the exterior of St George's Hall, Liverpool, bas-reliefs for Leeds Town Hall and carvings for Westminster Cathedral.

School or Style

New Sculpture Movement


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

At Bottom Depth 2.2 cm
Sculpture Depth 2.4 cm Height 16.2 cm Width 17.3 cm

Materials used in production

brown Patination
copper-alloy Bronze

Techniques used in production

Casting : Bronze, cast, and patinated brown

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label partly covered by the next label

  • Text: SICKERT underlined/by/STIRLING LEE
  • Location: On reverse
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: narrow rectangular pale cream cread card label stuck onto the surface with cellotape

  • Text: THOMAS STIRLING LEE (1856-1916)/Walter Richard Sickert (underlined) c. 1882/Bronze bas-relief medallion, 6¼ ins. diameter
  • Location: On the reverse
  • Method of creation: Typed in black
  • Type: Label
  • Text: CHRISTIE'S (printed) 25 (in blue biro) and three bar codes each numbered 1642 3978 (printed), and to left 'WH341' and '44' in a circle, and by left lower corner initials MDB or MTB
  • Location: On the reverse
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in blue biro and black bir
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.17-2006
Primary reference Number: 134035
Entry form: CAM_CCF_M_17_2006
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 3 January 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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