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Tired Butterfly by Rudolph Eickemeyer
Tired Butterfly by Rudolph Eickemeyer

Tired Butterfly, 1902

Rudolph Eickemeyer

This sleeping beauty, curled up in a silk kimono on an enormous polar bear rug, manages to look both tempting and vulnerable. The oversized robe and huge bearskin threaten to engulf her, while her dainty head, with its softly-piled hair, rests on the mighty pate of the once-ferocious beast. The mildly titillating photograph shocked upstanding Americans, but won the photographer awards and acclaim. The sitter was Evelyn Nesbit, a willowy redheaded socialite, and model of America’s Gilded Age.

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