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The Comedians (Hyde Theatre)

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Rutherford Gallery

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This painting is reminiscent of Sickert's early style. There is a progression from the heads of the audience in the front rows, through to the members of the orchestra in the pit. Above them the performers stand paused in mid performance.

The flat divisions are broken by the spectator's head in the immediate foreground and the scrolled neck of the double bass from the orchestra. These details give the painting its depth.

The Rutherford Gallery


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    53.4 x 43 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    purchased from the artist, 1985


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The Rutherford Gallery

Central Art Gallery Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester OL6 7SG England

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