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Sickert first came to Bath during the First World War, when he was forced to give up his normal practice of painting abroad. He loved Bath’s Georgian architecture, slightly seedy and soiled by that date, and the way the buildings and streets appeared to stretch effortlessly into the surrounding hills. His affection for Bath brought him back there for his final years. He is buried in Bathampton churchyard.
Sickert concentrated on painting views of a few specific locations in Bath: Lansdown Hill, Pulteney Bridge and Lansdown Crescent. Lansdown Crescent is one of Bath’s most famous 18th-century crescents, and a dominant feature on the city’s skyline. Sickert was particularly interested in the eastern end of the Crescent, painting this view several times. He prepared at least three studies (of which this is one) for a larger painting now in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia.