Sickert was born in Munich. In 1860 he moved to England with his family as a small boy. His father was an artist but Sickert first set out to be an actor and theatrical life inspired many of his paintings.
Sickert was on holiday in Brighton during August and September 1915. He watched the show on the beach near the Palace Pier every evening for five weeks and made many sketches, which he later used to create this painting in his London studio. He is a master in creating mood and atmosphere.