Sickert painted this view of the promenade at Hove in Sussex, with two figures seated on a bench, when he was 70 years old. Sickert gave the piece a subtitle taken from a line in Ovid’s Amores
, which suggests that old men shouldn’t be soldiers or lovers. The man on the bench is thought by some to be a self-portrait, and the couples’ interaction a humorous and self-deprecating comment on his flirtatious nature, and the experience of growing old.
Please note that the largest print size we are able to offer for this artwork is 60 x 80 cm.
Walter Richard Sickert
The Front at Hove (Turpe Senex Miles Turpe Senilis Amor)
FSC Certified paper and wood
Date of work
Original: The Front at Hove (Turpe Senex Miles Turpe Senilis Amor) 1930 Oil paint on canvas 63.5 x 76.2 cm Tate. Purchased 1932
Walter Richard Sickert (1860–1942) was considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He had a direct influence on the style and subject matter of artists in the Camden Town Group and the Euston Road School. Sickert’s active career as an artist lasted for nearly 60 years and his output was vast, including many domestic interiors, portraits, townscapes and theatrical subjects, later basing many of his paintings on photos. Also a writer and teacher, he was a proactive, political force in artistic circles. He was acknowledged as a catalyst for progress and modernity, yet someone who remained independent of groups, cliques and categories.