I think this person (or creature) would be most offended if she were referred to as if she were a thing. The 1869 painting is called "Take the Fair Face of Woman, and Gently Suspending, With Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending, Thus Your Fairy is Made of Most Beautiful Things", and is by Sophie Gengembre Anderson.
There are plenty of references in literature to fairies as people, most accessibly perhaps in the Fairy Books of Andrew Lang, published between 1899 and 1913.
THE INVISIBLE PRINCE
Once upon a time there lived a Fairy who had power over the earth, the
sea, fire, and the air;
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books at Project Gutenberg