Painted by Emile Vernon (French, 1872-1919) a contemporary of Teddy Roosevelt.
The girl who sat for this painting isn’t merely the decorative artifact she might appear to be.
Her name is Hominy Jones. She is an American studying fashion “on the Continent” as they used to say.
But Hominy’s ideas on fashion are a bit ahead of her time.
While we were sitting for this portrait, she said,
Indy, why can’t young ladies wear slacks as men do? They show no more skin than a dress and they’re far more practical.”
One hundred years, seven months and two days later, John McCrea wrote a song about Hominy’s great-grandaughter.