Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sickert: Jack the Ripper's bedroom
Since tomorrow is Halloween, I have thought of introducing a haunting painting for both the eve of All Hallow's Eve and All Hallow's Eve (weird wording...). Today's painting is one on a subject that I'm not afraid to say that I'm obsessed with.
In 1888, London's most destitute district, Whitechapel, was haunted by one the world's most infamous serial killers: Jack the Ripper.
I first learned about JTR in middle school when researching the Victorian Era and Queen Victoria. Since then, I have been hooked on anything that is related to the mystery man and his crimes.
Now this entry is not on explaining JTR and his crimes (that would take forever with me). The painting today is from one of the suspects to be JTR: Walter Sickert. Not seen as actually being JTR by many ripperologist( those who research and follow the Ripper case), Sickert had a fascination with the crimes as many back then had with the murders like today. The title of his painting can show this and tells it all: "Jack the Ripper's Bedroom".
Sickert named the painting this because of the landlady's comment of the previous lodger who she thought was the Whitechapel murderer. Though it is a mystery of what the painting contains, it seems that it is likely a woman or man in the background being lighted by some light source outside a window. Could it be actually JTR, the Whitechapel Murderer?
Many of Sickert's paintings have some underlying meaning that could point to him being JTR (just read Patrica Cornwell's book) but there is not enough concrete evidence to say for sure that he is the murderer. In reality, we may never know who the Whitechapel Murderer is until the final days of our lives when the Lord calls out for our judgments.