They lie in casual, exhausted or explicit poses, legs splayed, pubic hair marked.
The latest biography of Sickert — in the final chapter Sturgis refutes the notion that Sickert was Jack the Ripper, but also claims that if Sickert were still alive he would enjoy his current notoriety.
Knight argues that Sickert did not wield the knife, but that he was an accomplice.
In 1882 he left the stage and was apprenticed to the American-born painter James Abbot McNeill Whistler as a studio assistant and dogsbody; Whistler advised him that his course was a waste of time.
Soon, he widened his angle of vision from the stage and stalls to include the auditorium, creating complex paintings that made clever use of mirror reflections in the manner of Velázquez.