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Fanny Henning (c. 1847-1866)

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Title

Fanny Henning (c. 1847-1866)

Description

Fanny was the daughter of James W. Henning (brother of Fanny Henning Speed) and Mildred E. Maupin (b. 1821), who died in 1850 of accidental poisoning, along with an infant she was nursing. Fanny died in October, 1866 around the age of 18 or 19 from Phthisis, also known as tuberculosis. A year after Fannie’s death, her father commissioned artist G.P.A Healy to paint several family portraits. Fanny’s portrait shows her as a child rather than a teenager. It is believed that the only known image of her was a daguerreotype taken when she was a child. The photograph only depicted her from the bust up. Her half-sister Lulie, born in 1860 to J.W Henning and his second wife Sarah Katherine Cowan Buck (1827-1919) wore Fanny’s dress and modeled for the artist.

Source

The Filson Historical Society Museum Collection

Date

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Identifier

2007.3.1

Coverage

Collection

Citation

Healy, George Peter Alexander (1813-1894), “Fanny Henning (c. 1847-1866),” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed July 12, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/1407.

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