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Folding fan: M.207-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Double paper leaf, printed in black and painted in water-colours. Ivory sticks and guards (18+2), the former pierced. Rivet with brass ? washer
Front: On the left, George II, seated on a throne under a canopy, and attended by a guard, gives an audience to a man who kneels in front of him holding a petition entitled 'Free/Trade/and Na/vigation'. In the centre, the British fleet approaches a fort and town, probably Portobello in the Isthmus of Darien (Panama). On the right, a gentleman hands out coins while another looks into a trunk of plate. Signed on left side of leaf 'S. Clark 1740'.
Reverse: Undecorated. Sticks: Pierced with simple stylized plant motifs. Guards: Undecorated.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Legal notes

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1985-01-28) by Countess of Rosse, Anne


Mid 18th Century
George II
Production date: circa AD 1740

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of ink ( black) watercolours
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Guards Length 24.4 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.207-1985
Primary reference Number: 117792
Old catalogue number: DR 27/345
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 July 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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