The two etchings depict a middle-aged man in a stuffy bourgeois interior, smoking a cigar, seated at a round table and facing to the right.

A woman stands behind him, her elbows leaning on a chest of drawers. The couple exude boredom. In the large plate, Sickert used a wiped film of ink that gives it a painterly quality. In the medium plate, the belt of the woman is missing and the man's face shows more stubble.


1) Colnaghi; Ruth and Joseph Bromberg; Fine Art Society; 2) Ethel Sands; Ruth and Joseph Bromberg; Fine Art Society.

The Whitworth

The University Of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6ER
0161 275 7450

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Daily, 10am - 5pm (Thu until 9pm) Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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