The Gilded Lady Mural by Tristan Eaton
The mural, clearly inspired by women (appropriate, given our current political climate) as well as the rich – and controversial – history of New York City, is by the popular graffiti artist Tristan Eaton,
The outline of the mural is in the shape of a woman dressed in typical early 19th-century fashion and within it, Eaton has included a collage of historic New York elements that are part of the posh neighborhood now known as NoMad.
The face is Evelyn Nesbit, a model and actress who gained worldwide notoriety in 1906 when her multi-millionaire husband, Harry Kendall Thaw, shot and killed architect and socialite Stanford White on the rooftop theatre of Madison Square Garden.
During “The Trial of the Century,” she testified that when she was 14 years old, White, then 47-years-old, sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious. After the event, her husband was branded a “protector of women,” whereas she was attacked by the media, who called her “the lethal beauty.” In the era of #metoo, we can’t help but think the choice of having Nesbit’s face lead the mural isn’t just merely a coincidence.