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Today Fanny Eaton is being Honored by Google

TODAY’S Google Doodle celebrates 146 years ago, at the Royal Academy of London, the sitting of Jamaican-British artist muse Fanny Eaton. But who was Fanny Eaton and why is she being honored in the UK and parts of South America with a Google Doodle? Fanny Eaton was a Jamaican-British muse who modelled for different English painters in the 1860s.

Today Fanny Eaton is being Honored by Google
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Modeling by Eaton helped to redefine Victorian ideals of beauty and diversity.

She sat for a life class at the Royal Academy of London in 1874 on that day, November 18.

Fanny Eaton was born in Surrey, Jamaica, on July 13, 1835, to Fanny Matilda Antwistle, but moved to Britain at the beginning of the Victorian Era with her mother in the 1940s.

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She married James Eaton, a horse-cab-owner and driver, in 1857, and they had ten children.

On March 4, 1924, at the age of 88, Eaton died in Acton.

Why is Google Doodle celebrating her?

Many famous Pre-Raphaelite artists, such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and Rebecca Solomon, featured Eaton.

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She was seen as an ideal beauty model and was portrayed in Victorian art when black people were greatly under-represented and mostly shown negatively.

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Her public debut was in the painting The Mother of Moses by Simeon Solomon, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1860.

Her modeling helped to move forward with creative inclusion.

It is assumed that Millais’ 1867 work Jephthah features her last recorded appearance in a drawing.

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