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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:

    Pen and ink, wash, watercolour and gouache on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.1060-1992

  • Gallery location:

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

This fan leaf, painted 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. Since the fan leaf is uncut 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 painted with a Chinoiserie design. Drawing in black ink and wash. Within a cartouche, three Chinese figures in a covered boat with willow overhanging and other waterplants around. Outside the cartouche are randomly arranged winged insects (butterflies?), a branch of blossom, a rug with floral patterns, rock and plant and a random pattern.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1750 - ca. 1775 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, wash, watercolour and gouache on paper

Marks and inscriptions

F
Pen and ink, left centre

Dimensions

Height: 28.2 cm sheet, Width: 52.7 cm sheet

Object history note

Martin Willcocks Collection

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Pen and ink and watercolour; Paper; Wash; Gouache

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Floral pattern; Plants; Willow; Blossom; Butterflies; Boat; Insect; Fans and fan mounts

Categories

Fans; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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