Item Details

Art, Decorative Art

“Fan owned by Mad. Humphrey [once] owned by MARTHA WASHINGTON.” This information, in addition to the number “71,” is written on an exhibit tag tied to the fan. An additional document, signed on verso by Mrs. W. V. Alexander, reads: “This fan was exhibited in the Woman’s Building of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, the tag put there on it then, still attached.”

A third document reads: “This fan was given to me as a wedding gift (1894) by an old lady Mrs. Goodwin of Boston, to whom my mother had shown kindness. The fan was exhibited in the Woman’s building at the worlds fair in Chicago in 1893. The “Madam Humphrey” was a relative of Mrs. Godwin. Maybe of some value or could be excepted at a museum.”

Fan––Hand colored village and pastoral vignettes, on printed paper, framed by gold painted floral decorations; fan supported by carved bone “sticks.” Despite the above history, the fan is probably later than what it has been documented to be:  though it probably was exhibited in the 1893 World’s Fair.

Approximately 18″ x 9 1/2″