A Woman to Know: Fanny Eaton

What makes one woman a stunner and another not? historian Roberto C. Ferrari

(Head of a Mulatto Woman, by Joanna Boyce Wells, for which Fanny Eaton posed)
Her mother was a freed a slave in Jamaica. Fanny was born there but later moved to London, where she posed for "exotic" paintings of Roman goddesses, Indian empresses and Biblical heroines. In group frescoes and murals, she stood alongside the most sterling beauties of the era, pale-skinned debutantes dressed as Athena and Eve and ancient warriors.

Fanny died in London some time in the later 19th century, but her face has traveled around the world: in oil and in charcoal and in art history textbooks everywhere.
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