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Picturing a World

Elegant Soirée

This one is for Pat, who commented on the last post. Ballroom dancers!

“Anonymity,” my work-in-progress is about Jeanette Palmer’s younger sister, Mattie, who works in publishing in New York City in 1908. Works by Béraud helped me visualize Jeanette's Paris for Where the Light Falls. This one looks to me like a pastel from around 1900 (look at those Gibson Girl hairdos!). Mattie herself would not attend fancy balls, but some of her friends who are magazine illustrators certainly might draw a similar scene.

And what about Jeanette? By 1900, I wonder whether she would have turned to depicting elegant soirées or dancers?
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