Illustrator Nell Brinkley and a little friend - 1908
In 1907, at the tender age of twenty-two, Nell Brinkley came to New York to draw for the Hearst syndicate. Within a year, she had become a household name. Flo Ziegfeld dressed his dancers as “Brinkley Girls,” in the Ziegfeld Follies. Three popular songs were written about her. Women, aspiring to the masses of curly hair with which Nell adorned her creations, could buy Nell Brinkley Hair Curlers for ten cents a card. Young girls cut out and saved her drawings, copied them, colored them, and pasted them in scrapbooks. The Brinkley Girls took over from the Gibson Girls.
The Cloister or the World, 1896, oil on canvas by Arthur Hacker, British, 1858-1919.
In her mind’s eye, the young woman is in a dilemma of choice between worldly delights behind her and spiritual fulfillment beside her. TheCloister or the World was the picture of the year at the Royal Academy in London.
Hacker painted genre and historical scenes early in his career and turned to myths and allegories later. This painting is held by the Bradford Art Galleries and Museums in Bradford, England.