Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit Thaw
Evelyn Nesbit Thaw was an artist model, a chorus girl, and an actress. As a model, she posed for notable artists such as James Carroll Beckwith and Frederick S. Church. She was also on the cover of many popular magazines in the early twentieth century which made her face highly circulated and recognized. She moved on to theater with her first gig as a chorus line singer for the Broadway show "Florodora" (1899). She then landed a role as Vashti in "A Wild Rose" (1902) for which she received a great deal of press attention as the next up and coming star. Although the viewer sees only her starkly contrasted profile in this photograph, her features and lustful posture make her recognizable. She holds a string of pearls between her hands with head tilted back, eyes closed, and appeal heightened.