3: Fabric Counter

 

 

Alice_Barber_Stephens,_The_Women_in_Business,_1897-1.jpgEvelyn Florence Nesbit, First Pose at Fabric Counter (1898). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Nesbit worked at a fabric counter, that employed adolescent Evelyn. An artist spied the auburn-haired beauty folding linen. Eventually, several other reputable artisans paid her a dollar (approximately thirty dollars in modern equivalency) per hour to sit. Five hour stints of immobility earned her letters of introduction, used when the family moved to New York City.

 

Artwork: Alice Barber Stephens, The Women Business, oil, 1897.

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