About this artwork

This print is one of a series of five created by Roberts for the ‘Sickert’s Shadow Portfolio’ in 2006. Three of the portfolio etchings, including this one, illustrate women in bed chambers while one is a portrait of British artist Walter Sickert (1860–1942). The series explores the theory raised by numerous writers that Sickert could have been Jack the Ripper, the serial killer. This print takes its title and composition from a haunting painting made by Sickert in 1907. Such dark themes are typical in Roberts’s work, with many of her drawings, paintings and prints exploring death, violence and power as seen from a woman’s perspective.

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Julie Roberts

Julie Roberts