Fanny Eaton: Google Doodle celebrates Jamaican-born British artist’s model

Google Doodle celebrates a Jamaican-born British artist’s model and domestic worker Fanny Eaton, most popular for her work as a model for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, on November 18, 2020.

Who was Fanny Eaton?

Fanny Eaton was born Fanny Matilda Antwistle or Entwhistle in Surrey, Jamaica on July 13, 1835. She was a Jamaican-born artist’s model and domestic worker. She is most popular for her work as a model for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their circle between 1859–1867. Her public introduction was in Simeon Solomon’s painting The Mother of Moses, which was shown at the Royal Academy in 1860. She was likewise included in works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, Joanna Mary Boyce, Rebecca Solomon, and others.

Fanny Eaton and her mom advanced toward England at some point during the 1840s. By 1851 she is recorded as living in London, with her mom, and functioning as a domestic worker. In 1857 she wedded James Eaton, a horse-cab owner, and driver, who was born on 17 February 1838 in Shoreditch. Together, they had 10 children.

It was during this time of Fanny Eaton’s life as a mother and new spouse that she started modeling for the Pre-Raphaelites. Eaton was basically modeled due to legitimate need; to expand her compensation as a “charwoman” and give food to her 10 children.

Fanny Eaton’s particular highlights were regularly used by artists to depict an assortment of identities and characters. The soonest examines done of her are pencil sketches by Simeon Solomon in 1859, and she seems, by all accounts, to be used by different artists who were Solomon’s companions, including William Blake Richmond and Albert Joseph Moore. This incorporates Richmond’s painting The Slave (1886), found in Tate’s collection.

These sketches were used as preparation for his Mother of Moses, presently in the rich collection of the Delaware Art Museum. Two explicit sketches from this series portrayed Mrs. Fanny Eaton as the two Biblical figures of Jochabed and Miriam.

The completed process of painting appeared at the Royal Academy in 1860. In 1865, she was used by Dante Gabriel Rossetti for the figure of one of the bridesmaids in his painting The Beloved.

The painting Jephthah (1867) by John Everett Millais additionally shows Eaton remaining on the right-hand side.

Fanny Eaton shows up in black chalk drawing by Rossetti, presently in The Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University.

By 1881 Fanny Eaton had been widowed and was working as a sewer. In the last years of her life, Eaton worked as a domestic cook on the Isle of Wight for a Hammersmith-based wine shipper and his wife, John and Fanny Hall.

By 1911, in any case, Fanny Eaton is supposed to reside with family in Hammersmith with her daughter Julia, son-in-law Thomas Powell and grandchildren Baden and Connie Powell.

After a long life as a working-class émigrée, Fanny Antwisle Eaton died in Acton on 4 March 1924 at 88 years old from infirmity and syncope.

In 2018, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, The Voice newspaper recorded Fanny Eaton among eight Black women who have added to the improvement of Britain.

From October 2019 to January 2020, Fanny Eaton was one of 12 women remembered for the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters presentation at London’s National Portrait Gallery.

In April 2020, an art history GIF style, animated short, ‘Fanny Eaton:The Forgotten Pre-Raphaelite Model’featured about her on BBC Four’s show ‘Get Animated! Introducing BBC Arts’, hosted by Radion 1 film pundit, Ali Plumb, and on BBC online as part of BBC New Creatives.

On November 18, 2020, Google honors Fanny Eaton with Google Doodle. On this day in 1874, it is recorded that Eaton sat forever classes at the Royal Academy of London, meetings which were essential to the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

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