The Triumph of Miss Cotton

In this brief sketch from the 1912 Volume V edition of The Texas Magazine edited by Frank Eberle and Harry Van Denmark we learn how Lucy's modelling career with the artist Harrison Fisher.

Miss Lucy Cotton, the young lady selected by Harrison Fisher, the artist, as the most typical type of Southern beauty is a Texas girl, formerly a resident of Houston. For some years Miss Cotton has resided in New York. It was there she met Mr. Fisher, who was the judge in a contest having its object the selection of a young woman to typify the Southern type of beauty. According to reports Miss Cotton takes her honor lightly.

Fisher's "discovery" of Lucy brought her the success she had sought in her move to New York. She was the model chosen by Fisher for one of his American Girl books. She also posed for Charles Dana Gibson (The Gibson Girls) for some of his illustrations.

This brief article appeared in the March 26, 1911 edition of the San Antonio Light and Gazette: Houston Girl Perfect

In Miss Lucy Cotton of Houston, Tex., Harrison Fisher, the famous illustrator, has found his "perfect type" of "Southern Girl" and she has just been secured to serve as his model in a series of types he is engaged upon. Miss Cotton is tall, slender, with the grace of neck, lambent dark eyes and soft drawling voice to be found among fair women close to the borders of Mexico.

She has a dimple in her soft chin that responds to every emotion; she takes vivid and childlike interest in the development of pictures on canvas. She is waiting with even more breathless interest than the artist who is launching his Southern type to see how the type will be received by a public ever critical of, as it is insistent for, creations that are new.

In the October 2, 1911 edition of the Williamsport Gazette and Bulletin [Pennsylvania], Helen Hoyt reported:

The favorite and most recent model of Charles Dana Gibson [The Gibson Girls] is Lucy Cotton, a tall, willowy girl with great soft, brown eyes and shadowy hair."

Lucy appeared in more than a dozen movies from 1910 to 1921 beginning with a bit part in D. W. Griffith's "The Fugitive." Other movies included "The Devil," "The Misleading Lady," and "Life Without Soul." She lived the high life and married several wealthy men: Edward Russell Thomas (1924 - 1926) (death); Col. Lytton Gray Ament (1927 - 1930) (divorced); Charles Hann Jr. (1930 - 1932) (divorced); W. F. Magraw (1933 - 1941) (divorced); and Prince Vladimir Eristavi-Tchitcherine (1941 - 1944) (divorced). When she married the Russian Prince, she became known as Princess Lucy Cotton. When she married Edward Russell Thomas, she gave up the stage and screen for her new life as a socialite.

Lucy Cotton
Lucy Cotton From the cover of Harrison Fisher's American Girls in Miniature published by C. Scribner's Sons, 1912
Lucy Cotton
Lucy Cotton From the cover of Harrison Fisher's Beauties published by Dodd, Mead & Company, 1913