Evelyn Nesbit with Rose (The Bridal Rose)

Rudolf Eickemeyer Jr. (American, 1862–1932)
Sepia print photo
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Erik Kaeyer, 1975

Early photographers who aspired to be considered artists often composed scenes the same way painters staged models with studio props. Invoking the age-old association of women and flowers, Eickemeyer had the popular actress and model Evelyn Nesbit pose for this photograph, which he published as “The Bridal Rose.” The romantic and sensual subject of a woman sniffing a flower was popular with the 19th-century English Pre-Raphaelite painters.