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“By George, I’ve never seen so many pretty girls in my life. I should have come to California to create the Gibson Girl!,” exclaimed American graphic artist Charles Dana Gibson, in the November 23, 1895 San Francisco Examiner. Gibson is know for his creation of “The Gibson Girl,” a popular version of the New Woman of 1900, long-legged and graceful with her expertly upswept hair, a young educated socialite portrayed in terms of personal independence and sexual freedom. Read more about it!

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Gibson Girls

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  • 1890’s-1910’s Artist and illustrator Charles Dana Gibson creates an image of the ideal American Girl, setting the standard of feminine beauty that endured for decades. Gibson’s eponymous female character, the “Gibson Girl,” becomes popularly known throughout the United States as her look was widely emulated. Some of Gibson’s models include Virginia socialites, the Langhorne sisters, and actresses Evelyn Nesbit and Camille Clifford.
  • November 7, 1895: Charles marries one of his models, Virginia socialite and sister of Nancy Astor, Irene Langhorne.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] . Charles Dana Gibson or C.D. Gibson, Gibson Girl, Langhorne Beauties, Nancy Astor, Irene Langhorne, American Girl.
  • You may want to search for articles within the following date range: 1890-1910.

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