Fanny Hale at 14 Years, Chicago

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Vintage albumen print ca. 1890. Period-mounted to an irregular brown board 8.25 x 6.5 inches (21x17 cm) with botanical decorations in watercolor. Signed in pen at lower edge "Fanny Hale at 14 Yrs. Chicago." Loosely corner-mounted in an archival 11x14 inch mat with 7 x 5.5 inch (18x14 cm) window.   Price: $225.   ( Inventory# af196 )

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Born too late in history to sit for Botticelli, this dreamy-eyed and evidently thoughtful 19th century young person has enshrined her likeness in an albumen print with a bright bouquet of folk-art decoration. In this very American creation, Miss Hale draws inspiration from the flowers and grains of her native region, including what appear to be blue corn flowers, poppies, and stalks of wheat.

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Last updated September 8, 2017

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