Walter Sickert 1860– 1942
The New Bedford (The Large Plate) 1915
Etching, third state of thirteen, inscribed with title in the margin (by Harold Wright) and Early state, 3, before plate was reduced & before title 19 × 6 inches (48.4 × 15.2 cm) image
An erstwhile actor, as well as a lover of modern life in London, Sickert immersed himself in the world of the music hall. In a series of paintings and prints, he depicted the interior of the Old Bedford, and its replacement, the New Bedford Palace of Varieties, both in Camden. Another favourite was the Middlesex Music Hall, also known as the Old Mogul or the Old Mo. Sickert enjoyed the disparity between the faces and workaday clothes of the audience, with the gaudy interiors – all gilt mirrors, plaster moulding and extravagant decoration.