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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.1064-1992

  • 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. This 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. This fan shows signs of having been given a wash all over of silver 'dust' in solution, which has now oxidized to dirty grey, done by English fan makers to simulate Japanese mica papers, i.e. papers containing glittering specs of mica.

Physical description

Fan leaf painted with a Chinoiserie design. Drawing on a double layer of paper showing a Chinese woman. The woman is dressed in blue, yellow and green, and is sitting on a brown coloured rock holding a bird on a leash. The bird has red and yellow breast and grey wings. On either side are large plants with red and yellow flowers. Green splodges represent grass? There is a wash of silvery powder in solution over the paper (see later for explanation).

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

Dimensions

Height: 27 cm sheet, Width: 52.7 cm sheet

Object history note

Martin Willcocks Collection

Historical context note

Shows signs of having been given a wash all over of some sort of silver solution, now oxidized to dirty grey, done by English fan makers to simulate Japanese mica papers, i.e. papers containing glittering specs of mica.

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

Flowers; Rock; Bird; Fans and fan mounts; Woman

Categories

Fans; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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