One of Madame Villain's Sons by Walter Richard Sickert

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


Oil on canvas
40 x 49.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£14,000 ( Total: £24,000)
Acquired in:

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.

Venue details

Charleston West Firle, LEWES East Sussex BN8 6LL 01323 811 626

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £11)

Opening times for the House:

Wednesdays – Saturdays: Guided Tours
March – June : 11:30am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
July and August : 11:30am – 5:30pm (last entry 4:30pm)
September and October : 11:30am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: Self-Guided Entry
March – October : 12pm – 5pm (last entry 4pm)