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The Ladies Travelling Fan, of England and Wales

  • Object:

    Fan mount

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1788 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Balster, T. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving and soft-ground etching on paper, coloured by hand

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr A. K. Sabin

  • Museum number:

    E.3187-1938

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case T, shelf 48

This unfinished fan mount has a wrap-around map of England and Wales and includes a list of counties. England led the way in the 18th century in the sale and export of printed souvenir fans. They reproduced subjects such as commemorative or topical events, games or useful facts.

Physical description

A fan mount showing a map of the England and Wales.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1788 (made)

Artist/maker

Balster, T. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving and soft-ground etching on paper, coloured by hand

Marks and inscriptions

The Ladies / TRAVELLING FANN, / of ENGLAND and WALES / Exhibiting all the Principal / Roads, Rivers, Market & Post / Towns, with their distance from / LONDON / Pubd Sepr:13, 1788, by J. Balster
in cartouche top centre; 'The Ladies' in italics

REFERENCES / to the COUNTIES of ENGLAND and WALES
bottom right, title of table listing counties as numbered on map, from southwest across and continuing in strips left to right

Dimensions

Height: 22 cm mounted, radius, Height: 15 cm mounted, thickness of curve, Width: 45 cm mounted

Descriptive line

'The Ladies Travelling Fann [sic]', map of England and Wales printed for a fan leaf; United Kingdom, 1788. Hand-coloured etching.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1938. London: The Board of Education, 1939.

Labels and date

This unfinished fan mount has a wrap-around map of England and Wales and includes a list of counties. England led the way in the eighteenth century in the sale and export of printed souvenir fans. They reproduced commemorative or topical events, games or useful facts. [2007]

Materials

Paper (fiber product)

Techniques

Engraving (printing process); Soft-ground etching

Subjects depicted

Map

Categories

Accessories; Prints; Tourism & Travel; Fashion; Maps; Fans; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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