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18 November 2020 02:43

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Today's Google Doodle in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand celebrates Fanny Eaton; one of the faces that helped redefine Victorian beauty standards. Fanny Eaton was born in Surrey, Jamaica on July 13, 1835 before moving with her mother to Britain in the early 1840s right on the cusp of the Victorian Era in Britain. It wasn't until her early 20s that Eaton began modeling for portrait artists at the Royal Academy of London, however she soon caught the attention of more than just the Academy. On this day in 1874, Eaton sat for a life class at the Royal Academy of London, one of the many sessions integral to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. The Pre-Rephaelite Brotherhood, a secret society of the rising stars of British art, saw Fanny Eaton as the perfect muse for their works.

She soon made her public debut in Simeon Soloman's "The Mother of Moses". His work featuring Eaton was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1860. Throughout the 1860s many of the most prominent Pre-Raphaelite artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and Rebecca Soloman featured Fanny Eaton within their works. Given that Black representation was often non-existent throughout the 1800s, positive representation and a new face of ideal beauty was — and still is — a powerful message. However, Eaton's last known feature within a painting would come in John Everett Millais' 1867 work entitled "Jephthah." Fanny Eaton was very briefly one of the faces of British Victorian art, challenging Victorian societal expectations of black women. Today's Google Doodle was created by artists Sophie Diao, who took inspiration from original manuscripts from Pre-Raphaelite sketches and designs: Q: Did you draw inspiration from anything in particular for this Doodle? A: The "Google" letters are inspired by the illuminated manuscripts created by the Pre-Raphaelites (who were in turn inspired by tomes from the Middle Ages). I also drew inspiration from the many sketches and paintings created by the Pre-Raphaelites based on Fanny Eaton. A great example is Joanna Boyce Wells' study of Fanny Eaton, though unlike Wells' study I opted to leave her hair and ears unadorned as though she were sitting casually in the artist's studio. The color palette and flowers were drawn from the intense, dramatic lushness that marks the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news: TODAY'S Google Doodle is celebrating the sitting of the Jamaican-British artist muse Fanny Eaton at Royal Academy of London 146 years ago. But who was Fanny Eaton and why is she being honoured with a Google Doodle in UK and parts of South America? 2 Fanny Eaton was a famous artist muse modelling in the Victorian Era Who was Fanny Eaton? Fanny Eaton was a Jamaican-British muse who modelled throughout the 1860s for various English painters. Eaton's modelling helped redefine Victorian standards of beauty and diversity. On this day (November 18, 2020) in 1874 she sat for a life class at the Royal Academy of London. Fanny Eaton was born Fanny Matilda Antwistle in Surrey, Jamaica on July 13, 1835 but moved to Britain with her mother in the 1940s towards the beginning of the Victorian Era. 2 Fanny' portrait has been celebrated by Google Why is she being celebrated with a Google Doodle? Eaton was featured by many prominent Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and Rebecca Soloman. She was seen as a model of ideal beauty and was featured in Victorian art when Black individuals were considerably underrepresented, and often negatively represented. Her public debut was in Simeon Soloman's painting The Mother of Moses which was displayed in 1860 at the Royal Academy. Her modelling helped moving artistic inclusion forward. LATEST GOOGLE DOODLES MEDICINE MAN Who was Dr. Stamen Grigorov and why is he on today's Google Doodle? EDUCATION CELEBRATION What is Teachers' Day and how is it being celebrated in 2020? BIRTHDAY DOODLE Google's 22nd birthday celebrated in special Doodle today CHAPTER & VERSE Who was Mascha Kaléko? Google Doodle celebrates German-Jewish poet FOX TROT Who was Terry Fox? Google Doodle celebrates Canadian athlete and humanitarian What is a Google Doodle? In 1998, Google founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second 'o' of Google to show they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born. The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage. Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days. Some of the Doodles so far in 2020 have celebrated Scottish astrophysicist genius Mary Somerville and Aids activist Nkosi Johnson, who died aged 12.