Madame Villain was Sickert's landlady-housekeeper in Dieppe from August 1899.

The portrait is believed to be of Maurice Villain, who was Sickert's illegitimate son.


Purchased by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell in the 1920s; brought to Charleston in 1939; Angelica Garnett; Henrietta Garnett; on loan to Charleston since 1998.

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