The view depicted is the junction between the London Road and Walcot Street. Lessore painted the Walcot area of Bath several times during the Second World War. She was then living in Bath with her husband, the painter Walter Sickert. Before he had even met her, Sickert had praised the paintings of his future wife:
'Her pictures are seemingly not painted from models pretending to do certain things … the essentials of their beings and movements are torn from them, and presented in ordered and rhythmical arrangements of the highest technical brevity and beauty…'
After Lessore married Sickert in 1926, her work came increasingly under his influence. She nursed him until his death and apparently completed paintings bearing his signature when he was too weak to paint.
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Victoria Art Gallery
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