Ennui (large plate) & Ennui (medium plate) by Walter Richard Sickert

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.


1) etching & engraving on paper; 2) etching on paper
1) 45.2 x 32.5 cm; 2) 22.7 x 17.6 cm
Art Fund grant:
£4,625 ( Total: £26,500)
Acquired in:
Fine Art Society

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.

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