Portrait of Mrs. Fanny Eaton1859 by Simeon Solomon

Study of the head of Miriam for painting Mother of Moses (1860).

...Fanny Eaton... the black Victorian lady who appears in many well known and highly regarded Pre-Raphaelite works of art.... During her short career as model, (between 1859-67) Fanny Eaton sat for several prominent Pre-Raphaelite artists and their circle, including Rossetti, Millais, Frederick Sandys, Rebecca and Simeon Solomon, Joanna Boyce and Albert Moore. Her public debut was in Simeon Solomon’s “The Mother of Moses” which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1860. Her face can be seen in a number of oil paintings and preparatory drawings, yet her importance as a Pre-Raphaelite model has often been overlooked or forgotten.... Rossetti wrote to Ford Madox-Brown and described Fanny Eaton as having ‘‘a very fine head and figure and a good deal of Janey about her”. This was a significant ...
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