Letters between Cicely Hey and Walter Sickert

Scope and Content

Nine letters and notes in total, written between Cicely Hey 1896-1980 (later married to R.R. Tatlock) and Walter Sickert. Some of the notes and letters have been transcribed by the Principal Reference Librarian at Islington, Mr Eric A Willats.

Seven letters and notes - some with envelopes - from W.R. Sickert to Cicely Tatlock (called ‘Kikely’ in most of the letters) from 1923-1934. One post-stamped 2 July 1923 says how he was ‘.. enchanted to get your autograph and picture of the fascinating dog-kennel’, and mentions Roger Fry. One dated 7 August 1923 gives her his address in Dieppe. Letter dated August 1923 from Dieppe talking about a portfolio of drawings he left with Mrs Tatlock’s cleaner. A letter from Dieppe in Summer 1923, complaining about the weather, packed and “… waiting for the sea to go down to cross”. Talking about being unwell and Mrs Tatlock owning some of his drawings. A letter and envelope date-stamped 24 June 1926 from 26 Noel Street, giving advice on work and saying he “.. is doing lovely work here. It is bliss. I now come up morning and afternoons from 2 to 78.45! I have begun pictures one of Goosens and one of Battistini”. One letter and envelope date-stamped 2 September 1924 to Mrs Tatlock’s uncle, Mr Hallam, 'Uncle Pliss', praising Cicely and confirming meeting arrangements. Two envelopes, one date-stamped 30 September 1927, the other written 1933 with notes written on them. One letter date-stamped 19 September 1934 sent from 10 Cecil Square Margate congratulating Cicely on her drawing of Roger (Fry) “I should say it is one of the best and most spirited drawings for reproduction that have been done.”

Two undated letters and a note from W.R. Sickert to Cicely Tatlock (called ‘Kikely’ in these letters). One small note asking Cicely to drop by so that he can give her the drawings he has done of her. One letter from 9 Boulevard Verdun, Dieppe thanking Cicely for her letter and Mr Tatlock for his poem. One letter saying he is “tied to my easel “because I can work no faster” as the song says”. Signed as Dick.