About this artwork

'High-Steppers' is probably Sickert's last painting to show a theatre scene, one of his favourite subjects. It is his third painting of the Plaza Tiller Girls, a dance troupe who performed at the Plaza cinema in Piccadilly, entertaining the audience before the start of the film. Although Sickert was a frequent visitor to the theatre, he never made any drawings or paintings there; instead, he preferred to work from press photographs. All three paintings of the Plaza Tiller Girls were based on a photograph which appeared in The Evening News in 1927.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    High-Steppers
  • date created:
    About 1938 - 1939
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    132.00 x 122.50 cm (framed: 149.50 x 139.50 x 10.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1979
  • accession number:
    GMA 2099
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Walter Richard Sickert

Walter Richard Sickert

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