Artwork Title: Women of Plymouth - Artist Name: Lucia Fairchild FullerArtwork Title: Women of Plymouth - Artist Name: Lucia Fairchild Fuller

Women of Plymouth

Lucia Fairchild Fuller

Lucia (Fairchild) Fuller (1870-1924) was only twenty-three years old when she was asked to be one of four artists to paint a mural for the Woman's Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Like many exhibitions at the fair, Fuller's "Women of Plymouth" has a Colonial Revival theme. It depicts some of the earliest "American" women performing daily tasks with simplicity and grace. Exhibitions at World's Fairs not only catered to middle-class tastes, they helped to form that taste. The popularity of everything Colonial would explode over the next several decades. ( Women of Plymouth by Lucia Fairchild Fuller-- mural in Women's Building, 1893 World's Exposition. The "Women of Plymouth" mural by twenty-three year old Lucia Fuller depicted seventeen early American women engaged in daily tasks such as washing, educating children, and spinning. Although other murals commissioned for the Women's Building at the 1893 World Fair seem to have disappeared, her Women of Plymouth was found in a deteriorating building in Cornish. One source claims that her mural was never shown at the World Fair because of the anachronistic error of showing tree stumps sawn smooth rather than roughly axed by the Pilgrims, but photos of the Gallery of Honor in the Women's Building show her mural on the wall. (


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