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Fan leaf

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 - ca. 1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case T, shelf 130

This fan leaf, printed with a Chinoiserie design, is probably English in origin. When finished such fans would have been aimed at the cheaper end of the market and probably sold on the street. This printed fan as also had a wash applied. Since the fan leaf is uncut and it is possible to see quite clearly the brush strokes of the wash as it extends beyond the shape of the leaf.

Physical description

Fan leaf printed with a Chinoiserie design and covered all over in a faint pinkish wash. Outline design of a kneeling Chinese woman serving a man tea in a landscape setting with trees in blossom, rocks and other flowers, including peonies, pine and water lilies. A table with fruit on a mat stands towards the right.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)


ca. 1750 - ca. 1775 (made)


Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 26.6 cm sheet, Width: 51.9 cm sheet

Object history note

Martin Willcocks Collection

Descriptive line

Fan leaf printed with chinoiserie design; English, third quarter of the 18th century i.e. 1750-1775.


Printing ink; Paper; Water-colour


Etching; Wash

Subjects depicted

Blossom; Pine; Fruit; Fans and fan mounts; Rocks; Peonies; Man; Landscape; Woman; Water lily; Table; Mat


Fans; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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