Walter Sickert as Jack the Ripper

The first art-related conspiracy this series of ten aims to tackle is one of the most infamous incidents in modern history, which occasionally rears its curious head in the discourse – but is, perhaps for the best, left out of the canon of traditional teachings of the subject.

The Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 gripped London, shaping much of the social scene of the time. Today it is considered an elusive mystery that has been accepted as such, though over time many researchers and theorists have attempted to explain these serial incidents – none with success; hence the extensive and ever-growing list of suspects. From among the many possible killers, one in particular struck the artistic community – this is the case we will explore (and debunk) today.

A British avant-garde artist closely connected to the Camden Town Group, Walter Sickert is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable names of the twentieth century. Sickert’s distinctive style, as well as his cosmopolitan and eccentric lifestyle, propelled him into the art world, allowing him to achieve great success within his lifetime by becoming an elected Associate of the Royal Academy. Sickert’s pieces were often considered to be fluid domestic scenes, lending a personal insight into the artist’s lifestyle as well as his subjects. ![endif]--