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UNSOLVED: One specific book > Horror fiction about an artist who must paint a portrait without ever seeing the woman's face

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message 1: by Leila (new)

Leila (leilabug) | 1 comments As the title says, it's about an artist who is hired to paint a portrait of a rich woman without ever seeing her. It takes place in a city like London or New York. The painter and the woman have conversations, some of which are about the Jack the Ripper typer murderer on the loose.
It's horror/fiction
Help a girl out!
Thank you
Leila


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Kris | 34332 comments Mod
Genesistrine's suggestion seems to match your description. Here's the Google Books preview of The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque by Jeffrey Ford:

https://books.google.com/books?id=OEa... There are different cover images.

A mysterious and richly evocative novel, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque tells the story of portraitist Piero Piambo, who is offered a commission unlike any other. The client is Mrs. Charbuque, a wealthy and elusive woman who asks Piambo to paint her portrait, though with one bizarre twist: he may question her at length on any topic, but he may not, under any circumstances, see her. So begins an astonishing journey into Mrs. Charbuque's world and the world of 1893 New York society in this hypnotically compelling literary thriller.


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