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    FANNY EATON BY JOANNA BOYCE WELLS

FANNY EATONis best known for her work as a model for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their circle between 1859–1867. She was featured in works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, Joanna Bryce Wells, Rebecca Solomon, among others.

Eaton’s mother was Matilda Foster, a woman of African descent, who may have been born into slavery. No father was named on Eaton's birth records, suggesting that she may have been illegitimate. By 1851 she is recorded as living in London, with her mother, and working as a domestic servant. In 1857 she married James Eaton, a horse-cab proprietor and driver, who was born on 1838 in Shoreditch. Together they had 10 children.

Although Eaton's modelling career for the Pre-Raphaelites seems to have been short, her impact has been undeniably intense. This impact is evident enough from the large body of work in which she features. Eaton's visual presence in artwork represented a social group outside of the traditional Victorian parameters. Her appearance in paintings and Pre-Raphaelite art focused attention onto the Other in Victorian society, challenging societal expectations of black women.
  Victorian art typically portrayed people of colour as decorative figures and they were rarely seen as models of idealized beauty.

JOANNA BOYCE WELLS
(UK 1831 -1861) was a painter. She was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite circle, as well as her brother watercolourist George Price Boyce. Boyce Wells established a reputation during the 1850s as a painter of portraits, genre and landscape. She also wrote art reviews for the Saturday Review.