Born in Munich in 1860, Sickert was a polygot European. His heritage was Danish, German, Irish, and French as well as English. Sickert was an artist of prodigious creativity and a writer of inimitable wit and insight. For sixty years, in his several roles as painter, teacher and polemicist, he was a source of inspiration and influence to successive generations of British painters. Without explicit allegiance to any of the radical trends and movements from across the Channel which at times dominated the aims and efforts of his younger colleagues, his exciting and innovative art commanded respect from his contemporaries, artists and public alike.