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Queens Road station (now Bayswater station) was one of the first underground stations in London. This painting shows a view across the tracks to a platform where a man is seated in a recess. The diamond-shaped platform sign was a short-lived prototype of the famous bar and circle design, introduced shortly after Sickert completed the canvas. The name ‘Whiteley’s’ refers to the well-known department store just north of the station. For contemporaries, Whiteley’s was synonymous with the sensational murder of the store’s founder in 1907. Sickert’s arrangement of the station’s signs and advertisements into patterns of form and colour particularly appealed to Roger Fry who bought this painting in 1919 for his London home.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

London

Title

Queen's Road Station, Bayswater

Date

c.1916

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 62.3 x W 73 cm

Accession number

P.1935.RF.405

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Roger Eliot Fry, 1935

Work type

Painting

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