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Purchased, 1969. Museums Sheffield
Soldiers of King Albert at the Ready
Date Made/Found: 1914
Artist: Walter Richard Sickert , British, 1860 - 1942
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Frame: 2115 x 1664 x 95mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.3530
This painting was based on a real event during the defence of the Belgian city Liege in the First World War. Walter Sickert described himself as a military painter, which in his mind made up for the fact that he was unable to become a soldier himself. Walter Sickert was confined to England during the war and was unable to become a solider due to being born in Germany. He spent this time in London, working in his studio in Red Lion Square, where he painted this composition.
Display Location: Graves Gallery

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