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La Maigre Adeline (from Sickert's Shadow Portfolio), 2006, Etching with aquatint and spitbite
Julie Roberts created this print as one of a series of five for the ‘Sickert’s Shadow Portfolio’ in 2006. In this suite of prints, Roberts explores the theory raised by several writers that British artist Walter Sickert (1860–1942) could have been the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. This print derives its title and composition from ‘La Maigre Adeline’, (thin Adeline), a painting made by Sickert in 1906, depicting a nude model in a Paris hotel room. Sickert had a fascination with the darker side of Victorian life and even titled a painting of his own room ‘Jack the Ripper’s Bedroom’ (1907). When seen in this new context, Roberts’ retelling of Sickert’s motif takes on a chilling quality.

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  • title:
    La Maigre Adeline (from Sickert's Shadow Portfolio)
  • accession number:
    GMA 5533 E
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  • materials:
    Etching with aquatint and spitbite
  • date created:
    2006
  • measurements:
    Paper 38.00 x 30.50 cm (Plate mark 22.50 x 17.60 cm)
  • credit line:
    Gift 2015
  • copyright:
    © Julie Roberts

Julie Roberts

Julie Roberts