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Monday, March 28, 2016

Evelyn Nesbit on the Henry's Wall of Fame Pt. 4

Mr. Henry's made it around 3, as a nominee by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. I'm hoping my friends will help us by voting for the pub today. https://savingplaces.org

We have been sharing facts and tidbits about the historical characters who appear on the walls of Mr. Henry's. Most of the art is associated with a silent film era and vaudeville.

Here's an interesting one:

A lot of people ask us about the Woman with the Rose, one of the larger lithographs that hangs in the dining room. We believe that it is Evelyn Nesbitt, a photograph of Stanford white hangs above it.  Evelyn Nesbit was a popular American chorus girl and artists' model whose liaison with architect Stanford White immortalized her as "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing".

Nesbit claimed that as a stage performer, and while still a 14-year-old, she attracted the attention of the then 47-year-old architect and New York socialite Stanford White, who first gained the family's trust then sexually assaulted Evelyn while she was unconscious. Nesbit achieved world-wide notoriety when her jealous husband, multi-millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw, shot and murdered Stanford White on the rooftop theatre of Madison Square Garden on the evening of June 25, 1906, leading to what the press would call "The Trial of the Century"

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