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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:


  • 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 brown pen and wash. Inside a cartouche a Chinese figure crosses a bridge holding a flag, rocks and plants on either side. Branches of foliage stem from the cartouche.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)


ca. 1750 - ca. 1775 (made)


Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, wash, watercolour and gouache on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Pen and ink, lower left


Height: 25.9 cm sheet, Width: 45.2 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.


Pen and ink and watercolour; Paper; Wash; Gouache



Subjects depicted

Plants; Flag; Rocks; Fans and fan mounts; Bridge


Fans; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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