Jack the Ripper's Bedroom (1907) – Walter Sickert, influential German- born painter.
Sickert took a keen interest in the crimes of Jack the Ripper and believed he had stayed in a room used by the infamous serial killer. He had been told this by the landlady, who suspected a previous lodger. As a result Sickert did this painting of the dark, melancholy room with most details obscured and gave it the provocative title. This painting is now in the Manchester City Art Gallery. In 2002 crime novelist Patricia Cornwell claimed that Sickert was Jack the Ripper – she bought 31 of his paintings trying to establish a DNA link with a letter attributed to the Ripper; her claim has been dismissed as fantasy.
On this day …
1709 Italian painter and architect Andrea Pozzo died.
1888 The mutilated body of Mary Ann Nichols was found in the East End of London; she was the
first victim of Jack the Ripper.
1900 Coca Cola went on sale in Britain for the first time.
1945 Northern Irish singer/songwriter and musician Van Morrison was born.
1997 Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car crash in
Did you know …?
Princess Diana’s funeral was watched by about 2.5 billion people on TV – more than a third of Earth’s population.
Art is meant to disturb. Science reassures.
Georges Braque, French cubist painter who died 31/08/1963