Who is Rosette? And why is everyone drawing her?

drawing of Rosette and photograph
(Image credit: Unknown/Mrs Ironside on Twitter)

If you've been perusing Twitter over the last few days, you may have noticed that people have been posting drawings of a lady using the hashtag #Rosette. There are some amazing interpretations, but it's not immediately obvious as to who this woman is, or what the challenge is all about. 

If you're feeling confused, we're here to help. We've done some digging and found the story behind all these interpretations of a black-and-white photograph. If it looks like Rosette is part of a police lineup, that's because she is. Rosette Duccinni Davie, also known as Rose Davie, was a brothel owner in Ogden in the 1940s and 1950s. A transcript of an interview with her has recently been unearthed, but as it is written in an old-fashioned form of shorthand, no one is able to read it. 

How does this relate to illustrations shared on Twitter? It seems that @cgcumber (opens in new tab) and @tinynoggin (opens in new tab) started drawing Rosette after @cgcumber found her online, and they were discussing creating a zine full of images of her. They then decided it'd be a better idea to get different artists to draw her and put those images into a zine. And so the challenge was born. If you'd like to take part, don't miss our how to draw (opens in new tab) tutorials or our tips on black and white drawings (opens in new tab).

Interpretations of Rosette have varied wildly, and there are some real gems to be found. See some of our favourites below.

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Others went for a more comic-book approach.

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We love the mood of this one.

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While this version has some serious attitude.

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To join in on the challenge, simply share your image with #rosette. Fingers crossed we'll see the zine full of these soon. 

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Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where her blogging prowess led her to become Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on art and design magazines, including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw, and got the 'Apple bug' when working on US title, Mac|Life. In 2018, she left the world of print behind and moved to Creative Bloq, where she helps take care of the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach through trying to please the Google Gods, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure its content serves its readers as best it can. Her interests lie in branding and illustration, tech and sexism, and plenty more in-between.