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Thérèse Lessore came from a well-known family of artists. Her father Jules was a watercolourist, and her grandfather worked as a designer for Wedgwood. She studied at the Slade School, and was afterwards distinguished by her independent spirit and manner of practice that resisted any categorization of her work, which included landscapes, interiors, and circus scenes. In 1926, she married the painter Walter Sickert. He had long been an admirer of her work, praising both her human interest and her ability to grasp the essentials of being and movement, presenting them ‘by some strange alchemy of genius … in ordered and rhythmical arrangement of the highest technical brevity and beauty’ (Whitechapel, published in ‘The New Age’, 1914).
oil on canvas
H 49.5 x W 59.7 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Friends of Leeds University Arts & Music, and the Audrey and Stanley Burton Charitable Trust, 1997