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The Trapeze: 2410

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Current Location: In storage


The Trapeze


Painter: Sickert, Walter Richard



Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 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.

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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
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1920
  • Location: Lower left
  • Type: Date
  • Text: Sickert
  • Location: Lower right
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Paris frame maker, Paul Foinet fils
  • Location: Verso
  • Type: 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
  • Type: 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
  • Type: Label
  • Text: (two, seemingly to do with bequest)
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: MS
  • Type: Label
  • Text: (artists materials dealer in Paris)
  • Location: Verso, canvas
  • Type: Stencil

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2410
Primary reference Number: 3863
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 29 June 2023 Last processed: Thursday 29 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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