Sunday, August 15, 2010

Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit by James Carroll Beckwith

PG Image: Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit (1900), oil painting by American Impressionist painter James Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917), size 31 inches x 26.5 inches.

Evelyn Nesbit, born as Florence Evelyn Nesbit, (1884-1967), an American artists' model and chorus girl, started working right in her early teenage years, when her father Winfield Scott Nesbit died leaving behind his wife and two children nearly destitute. By the time she reached adolescence her startling beauty attracted the attention of several local artists, including John Storm, and she was able to find employment as an artists' model.

In 1901 Evelyn Nesbit moved to New York City with her mother and younger brother. Using a letter of introduction from a Philadelphia artist, Evelyn met and posed for James Carroll Beckwith, who introduced her to other New York artists. Evelyn Nesbit was seductively beautiful with long wavy red hair and a slender, shapely figure. Soon she began modeling for artists Frederick S. Church, Herbert Morgan, Gertrude Käsebier, Carl Blenner and photographer Rudolf Eickemeyer, Jr. Soon Evelyn Nesbit became one of the most sought after artists' models in New York.

Some of the most popular photos of Evelyn Nesbit are below:

Evelyn Nesbit's photo (cropped) by American photographer Gertrude Käsebier

Evelyn Nesbit at the age of 15 (1900)

Evelyn Nesbit at the age of 16 (1901)

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