Remembered as the "Most Beautiful Man in the World," Paul Swan, an artist and stage dancer, captivated audiences. This guide provides access to material related to "Paul Swan" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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“It is contrary to convention for a man to praise his own appearance. But is convention always right?” Paul Swan was an artist and stage dancer hailed for his beauty and mistaken by many to be a Greek god. Expressive, forward-thinking and often misunderstood, Swan believed that all men should strive to be beautiful, for there is greater nobility in beauty than simple handsomeness. Read more about it!
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May 12, 1910
A young Paul Swan debuts one of his first professional paintings, commissioned by Alla Nazimova.
Suffragettes consider Swan a model of the ideal man.
Swan is claimed by Athens to be the son of a God.
March 15, 1914
Swan explains why he is called “The Most Beautiful Man in the World.”
May 10, 1914
Swan discusses his plans to found a Greek colony for art lovers.
May 10, 1915
Swan appears in anti-drug play “The Opium Pipe.”
Swan creates a statue in posthumous honor of a suffragette leader.