|Ca 1895 Hopkinton, Iowa Woman with Large Hat|
This young woman from Hopkinton, Iowa with the extremely large hat sat for photographer MacArthur sometime in the 1890's, most likely around 1895 +- a year or so. She is wearing a dark colored dress with the obligatory large sleeves of the era and if you look closely on her lap around the knee area she appears to be holding a fur hand muff. She is sitting in a white wicker chair which was a common photographer's prop in the 1890's.
Her hat, her glorious hat from what I can tell, is made out of fabric, both light and dark and has feathery white puffs as well as real feathers sticking out of the top. I almost thought that there was an artificial black bird on the front, but I am not convinced that is what it is, it may just be dark fabric.
Initial research did not give me any insight on the identify of the photographer.