'An evil plexus of slums that hide human creeping things; where filthy men and women live on a penn'orths of gin, where collars and clean shirts are decencies unknown, where every citizen wears a black eye, and none ever combs his hair.'
Arthur Morrison: Tales of Mean Streets
I love the Painting Challenge; I always have. I love the the flexibility that allows us to push for the greatest tally of points, slug it out painting a particular era or my own particular favourite goal - putting something together that really tests my painting and modelling skills.
This then is my offering for the last category; in its simplest form this is an entry comprising of 4 x 28mm Foundry Victorian miniatures, one (the casualty) is prone whilst the fishmonger comes with his own market stall.
Although I have been mulling over the concept for a good while now, the build itself started on the 21st January and has been quietly going on in the background, whilst I have tried to keep moving with other units. This is a scratch built vignette, inspired by the horrific events that took place in Whitechapel, then a squalid district in the East End of London, during the year of 1888.
The mystery of Jack the Ripper and the grisly murders that are attributed to the killer still hold the public's imagination even to this day. That coupled with my love of all things 'Victorian' made this an obvious theme for the 'Casualty' round of the '4th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge'. The quality of the entries has proved to be exceptionally high, not to mention thought provoking; if you haven't had the opportunity to visit then I would encourage you to do so and take the time to cast a vote or two for your favourites.
'The ghoul-like creature who stalks through the streets of London… is simply drunk with blood, and he will have more.'
The Star newspaper, 8th September 1888
Whitechapel 1888… the build, follows shortly!