A child of the Ghetto, Mr Israel Zangwill

Walter Richard Sickert

(1860 - 1942)

A child of the Ghetto, Mr Israel Zangwill

Ink, watercolour and gouache on paper

34.4 x 21.2 cm (13 ¹/₂ x 8 ³/₈ inches)


Signed Sic and inscribed on the reverse I. Zangwill / W. Sickert / 13 Robert Street

Purchased by Mr Logan Pearsall Smith at the 1941 exhibition
R. A. Harari
with The Fine Art Society, London, where purchased by 
Edgar Astaire, 1995

London, Leicester Galleries, The First Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture by Artists of Fame and Promise, Summer 1941, n. 38

Vanity Fair, 25 February 1897, illustrated
W. Baron, Sickert: Paintings and Drawings, New Haven and London, 2006, pp. 199-200, n. 79.2

Israel Zangwill (1964-1926), the Zionist Jewish leader and novelist, was a friend of Sickert's first wife. The present work was a sketch for Vanity Fair, which was published on 25 February 1897. It was called A Child of the Ghetto after the title of a story by Zangwill set in the Venetian ghetto and that had just been published.

There is an oil portrait of Israel Zangwill by Sickert in the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.