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In Conversation: Rediscovering Fanny Eaton

10 January 2020, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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Fanny Eaton By Joanna Wells, 1861 Yale Centre for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund

Fanny Eaton by Joanna Wells, 1861 Yale Centre for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund

Historian Dr Gemma Romain and novelist, biographer, academic and broadcaster Delia Jarrett-Macauley discuss the life and legacy of Fanny Eaton. Born to a slave in Jamaica in 1835, she came to London to work as a charwoman and became the most visible woman of colour in Victorian England through modelling for artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Simeon Solomon, Joanna Boyce Wells and John Everett Millais.

Dr Gemma Romain is an independent historian specialising in Caribbean and Black British history, with a focus on archives, art, and queer Black British histories; and on African-Caribbean diasporic histories with a focus on Grenada and Jamaica. She has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions and displays relating to Caribbean and Black British history including the 2014-2015 Tate Britain display Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39, co-curated with Dr. Caroline Bressey (UCL), Emma Chambers and Inga Fraser (Tate Britain). She is the author of the book Race, Sexuality and Identity in Britain and Jamaica: The Biography of Patrick Nelson, 1916-1963 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), which was published in paperback in March 2019. In 2018 she was awarded a Paul Mellon Centre Mid-Career Fellowship for her new project, Berto Pasuka and Queer Black British Art.

Delia Jarrett-Macauley is the author of the novel Moses, Citizen and Me, which won the Orwell Prize, and The Life of Una Marson 1905-65. She has edited two collections, Reconstructing Womanhood, Reconstructing Feminism: Writings on Black Women (1996) and Shakespeare, Race and Performance: The Diverse Bard (2016). She works as a consultant in the cultural sector and teaches literature. From 2016-2019, she was Chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing.

Part of the programme of events complementing Pre-Raphaelite Sisters.

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