Ulysses, Oh Cissy!

Lancieux, Brittany, France
Oil on canvas
23 3/8 x 28 7/8 in. (59.4 x 73.3 cm)
Signed, inscribed, dated on left:
"E W Dickinson / LANCIEUX 1938"
Photo: Babcock Galleries


Painted in Lancieux, Brittany, France, July 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (journal), upstairs in Helen's room in the Dickinson's rented farm house. In 1938 Journal ED referred to it as "Composition;" on back of an old photo it was called "Unfinished Girl in Purple" and "Illustration for Ulysses." In Joyce's Ulysses, Cissy was one of the two girls with Gerty McCaffrey. FD was reading Ulysses aloud in the in the evenings p. 360. June 18, 1939, in Sheldrake, painted on 20F, girl in purple, from Lancieux.


Helen Dickinson Baldwin
Private collection
Scharf Family Collection

Exhibition History

1961 James Graham & Sons: Edwin Dickinson, Retrospective, as "Ulysses"
1965 Whitney: Edwin Dickinson. Major retrospective
1986 Hirschl & Adler Galleries: Master Drawings from The Drawing Society's Membership
1992 Greenville: Edwin Dickinson, Wallace Putnam and Richard Maury