Esta Nesbitt

Esther "Esta" Nesbitt, born as Esther Feuerman (1918–1975) was an American illustrator, xerox artist, filmmaker, and educator. Between the 1940s until the 1960s, Nesbitt actively led a career as a fashion illustrator for leading magazines and newspapers including Harpers Bazaar, Mademoiselle, and the New York Times Magazine.[1][2] In the 1960s she began experimenting with fine art, in multidisciplines and with xerox art.

Esta Nesbitt
Esther Feuerman

(1918-11-19)November 19, 1918
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedNovember 30, 1975(1975-11-30) (aged 57)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other namesEsta Feuerman Nesbitt
EducationTraphagen School of Fashion,
Columbia University,
New York University
Years active1940s–1970s
Known forFashion Illustration, Xerox art
Spouse(s)Saul Nesbitt (?–1975)


Esther Feuerman was born 19 November 1918 in New York City, New York.[2][3] Nesbitt studied at the Traphagen School of Fashion, graduating 1937 in Illustration, working primarily in fashion illustration.[4] She continued her studies at Columbia University, and New York University (NYU).[1]

She was married to designer and sculptor, Saul Nesbitt (1920–1993).[5][6] Between 1964 until 1974, Nesbitt was a professor at the Parson’s School of Design.[4]

Starting in the 1960s she started to experiment with fine art, and by 1966 she was exhibiting her art.[1][2] In the 1960s and 1970s, Nesbitt was one of the earliest artists experimenting with xerox art.[7] She invent three xerography techniques, named transcapsa, photo-transcapsa, and chromacapsa.[7] Nesbitt worked closely with Anibal Ambert and Merle English at Xerox Corporation and the company sponsored her art research from 1970 until 1972.[8]

She died on 30 November 1975 in New York City, New York.[2]

Her work is featured in various public art museum and library collections including, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,[9] Brooklyn Museum,[10] Archives of American Art,[11] National Museum of American History,[6] Digital Public Library of America,[12] Smithsonian American Art Museum,[3] Frances Neady collection at Fashion Institute of Technology,[13] among others.


  1. ^ a b c "Esta Nesbitt fashion illustrations, 1944-1964 KA.0086". The New School, Library and Archives. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  2. ^ a b c d "Esta Nesbitt Archive". Arizona Archives Online (AAQ). Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  3. ^ a b "Esta Nesbitt". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  4. ^ a b "Traphagen Alumni, The Traphagen School: Fostering American Fashion". Museum at FIT. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  5. ^ "Saul Nesbitt Papers". Smithsonian Online Visual Archive (SOVA). Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  6. ^ a b "A Finding Aid to the Esta Nesbitt papers, 1942-1981". Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  7. ^ a b "Exhibitions: Finding Source Material in the Archives of American Art - Esta Nesbitt". Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  8. ^ "A Finding Aid to the Esta Nesbitt Papers, circa 1942-1981, in the Archives of American Art". Smithsonian Online Visual Achieve (SOVA). Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  9. ^ "All the Lines are Nines". The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  10. ^ "Collection search: Esta Nesbitt – American, 1918-1975". Brooklyn Museum.
  11. ^ "Esta Nesbitt collage". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  12. ^ "Xeroxia #4". DPLA.
  13. ^ "Frances Neady collection". Fashion Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2019-12-03.

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