Friday, October 09, 2009

Beauty, Virtue and Vice

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Here are some beautiful prints from the 1830's-1850's. The print in the middle is of a woman named Ellen Jewett, "a young and beautiful New York City prostitute who was found murdered in her bed" in 1836. These prints are part of an online exhibit called "Beauty, Virtue and Vice: Images of Women in Nineteenth-Century American Prints". Follow this link to view more:


Chris Kearin said...

There's a fine book about the murder of Ellen (or Helen) Jewett, entitled -- strangely enough -- THe Murder of Helen Jewett.

Amy Crehore said...

Really? Interesting!