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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fanny Eaton: The Black Pre-Raphaelite Muse

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception

Fanny Eaton was a black Victorian Londoner and, for some time, painter’s model. Born in Jamaica in 1835, Eaton was the daughter of an ex-slave and, it is suspected, a white slave owner. She came to London in the 1840s and began modelling in her twenties.
The enigmatic model made her way to London from Jamaica in the early 19th century to sit for the Pre-Raphaelites, and her legacy lives on in their impactful…

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