Walter Sickert was born in Munich to a Danish father and an English mother. His family moved to England when he was eight, and he started off his working life career as an actor. But in 1881 he changed course and went to the Slade, before leaving to become a pupil and assistant to James McNeill Whistler. In 1883 in Paris he met Degas, who would become a paramount influence for the rest of his life. He worked regularly in Venice and Dieppe and encountered most of the major Impressionist painters, but in 1905 he return to London and would become the linchpin of the Fitzroy Street Group and then the Camden Town Group.
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