Trouble Down South Art Challenge
Painting No. 15
The Red Light District–1895
My next paintings will deal with characters and scenes from my Bootlegger Haze (Books One andTwo) for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.
The Red Light District is a term designated to an area where prostitution or sex-oriented businesses are prevalent. The red lights outside the building or in the lit rooms were used as signs that the building was a brothel.
Read an excerpt about brothels from Bootlegger Haze (Book One–The Saga) — Madame Gypsy’s Pleasure Parlor was one of the most popular saloons and brothels, as well as one of the most disreputable establishments in the city, patronizing both Whites and Coloreds. Every weekend the saloon would be filled with beer-swilling, foul-mouthed, trash-talking, sex-starved, aggressive men coming from every harbor and reformatory in the city. Madame Gypsy employed twelve girls, mostly as saloon girls, but five of those girls worked the brothel, including Tulane. The saloon girls provided liquored drinks and beer to the male patrons, beer selling for five cents a glass, and liquor shots selling for ten cents. The Pleasure Parlor was housed in a three-story building, the third-floor rooms rented out by the week to the girls on the house staff as their place of lodging, and the second-floor rooms rented out by the night to male patrons who wanted a quick lay.
Prints are available for purchase of the painting “The Red Light District–1895.” Prints are available in sizes 8 x 10, 11 x 14, and 16 x 20 inches (unframed). Email Katrina Williams at stepartdesigns at hotmail dot com for prices.
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I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories. View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.
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