A Woman to Know: Fanny Eaton
|Julia Carpenter||Jan 15, 2016|
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.
Add to your reading list:
The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites (Elizabeth Prettejohn)
Black People in British Art (Jan Marsh)
The House Behind the Cedars (Charles Chesnutt)
Fanny Eaton: The Forgotten Pre-Raphaelite Stunner (Stella Halliwell)
7 Black Women Portraits in European Art (Anancy Mag)
Fanny Eaton (Jan Marsh)
Fanny Eaton, the "Other" Pre-Raphaelite Model (Bklyn Biblio)
Rediscovered Art by Solomons (Bklyn Biblio)
Fanny Eaton, the Jamaican-Born Model in Millais' Jepthah (Amgueddfa Blog)
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