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Painting purportedly done by Jack the Ripper up for sale

on Wednesday,February 23,2011 20:02

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Many of those who appreciate art design agree that the emotions and personality of a certain artist come out in every piece. That's why one of the most recent items up for sale - a painting by the man who may have been Jack the Ripper - may attract quite a number of offers, according to The Telegraph.

The artist was Walter Sickert, who had been investigated at length for his possible involvement with a series of murders in London in the 1800s. One motivation for detectives was his series of paintings of The Camden Town Murder, which was a notorious murder case.

The painting on sale today is titled The Blind Sea Captain and carries a much more sentimental air than the one that cast him in a shadow of suspicion.

Wendy Baron, who studies his work, told the news provider that the piece provides "an imaginary glimpse into the lives of a man broken by blindness who, but for the devotion of his old mother or wife, would be destined for the workhouse."

Jack the Ripper is a notorious criminal whose identity was never discovered. He was active around the year of 1888 in the London slums of the Whitechapel district.

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