Sickert, Walter Richard

Sickert, Walter Richard

Sickert, Walter Richard, 1860-1942, English painter. After a brief career on the stage Sickert was apprenticed to Whistler and later worked with Degas. His preferred subjects were scenes of music halls and the London demimonde. Painting in deep, rich browns with vital, immediate brushwork, Sickert became celebrated for his personal and spontaneous works. He was a major link between French and English painting at the turn of the century.

See his posthumously published writings, A Free House (1947); studies by W. Baron (1973) and M. Lilly (1973).

Walter Richard Pollock Hamilton VC (18 August 1856-3 September 1879) was born Inistioge, County Kilkenny and was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


He was 22 years old, and a lieutenant in the Staff Corps and Corps of Guides, Indian Army during the Second Afghan War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 2 April 1879 at Futtehabad, Afghanistan, Lieutenant Hamilton led a charge of the Guide Cavalry against very superior numbers of the enemy. When his commanding officer fell, the lieutenant, the only officer left with the regiment, assumed command and cheered his men on to avenge the death of the commanding officer. In this charge, seeing that a sowar was down, entangled with his dead horse and being attacked by three of the enemy, Lieutenant Hamilton rushed to the rescue, cutting down all three and saving the life of the sowar.

He is featured in M. M. Kaye's epic novel The Far Pavilions.


Hamilton died on September 3, 1879 in Kabul. The statue is now on display in the National Army Museum, Chelsea, and a plaque from Punjab Frontier Force Chapel is now housed in the sanctum crypt of St. Lukes Chapel, Chelsea.


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