Inscribed in pink ink, "[...] W.S. 1922".
This freely executed sheet by Sickert of a finely-dressed woman sitting on a chaise longue in an interior, signed and dated "W.S. 1922", is typical of many of the artist's sketches, although his use of pink ink is unusual. From an early date, Sickert often sketched and painted portraits of women in domestic interiors, including his series of paintings of Venetian ladies reclining on couches from the early 1900s, as well as the slightly later London paintings of middle-class women seated in interiors, dated 1906 (for example, Le Châle Vénitien, Private Collection; Baron 1973, pp. 331-2, cat. 165, fig. 112, repr; Baron and Shone 1992-3, cat. 35, pp. 134-5, repr.; also Les Petites Belges. Jeanne and Hélène Daurment, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, inv. 1938; Baron 1973, p. 339, cat. 216, fig. 150, repr.). Sickert spent the first part of 1922 in Dieppe, but had moved to London by the end of the year. Sean Leatherbury, 2009.