Art: Frankly Romantic

Her faintly haughty, uptilted face and alabaster gaze were framed between a velvet choker and a brave upswept chignon. Her manner and her clothes were proud, yet just a shade on the bold side. She was seen everywhere—at fashionable parties and on bathing beaches, in books and magazines, especially Life, and in hundreds of thousands of real-life copies. She was the Glamor Girl of the Gay Nineties, the unforgettable Gibson Girl.

She was born on the drawing board of a young New Englander, Charles Dana Gibson, and she made her creator the most influential...

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