Sickert: A Life in Art

This is the largest retrospective of the artist’s work to have been held in the UK for more than 30 years.

Walter Sickert is one of Britain’s most important artists, with a career spanning six decades. Born in Munich, Germany, he moved to Britain as a child in 1868. As a young artist, he worked as an apprentice to the American painter James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) who, along with the French impressionist painter Edward Degas (1834-1917), greatly influenced Sickert’s early work.

This exhibition will showcase around 100 loaned paintings and 200 drawings. The Walker holds 348 of the artist’s drawings, which is the largest collection in the world. Most of these have never been displayed before. Together, they demonstrate the varied, yet vital, role that drawing played in Sickert’s artistic practice.


Caption: Self Portrait, 1896 (oil on canvas), Sickert, Walter Richard (1860-1942) /Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery) U.K. / Bridgeman Images

Further information:
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm; Booking is essential
  • This is a ticketed event: Adults £12 (advance) £13.50 (on the day); Concession £11 (advance) £12.50 (on the day); Children 6 – 17 years £5 (advance) £6.50 (on the day); Children aged 0-5 years Free
  • Location  Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EL
  • How to get there By train: Liverpool Lime Street – Wirral and national services, Moorfields station – Northern line services (Southport – Hunts Cross), Liverpool Central – Wirral and Northern line services; By car: the Walker is in the city centre, close to the entrance to the Queensway Tunnel and Lime Street Station – follow the directions to Liverpool Lime St station where there is a car park just opposite the Walker Art Gallery in William Brown Street; By bus: nearest bus stations are Queens Square bus station and Liverpool One bus station
  • Further information 0151 478 4199