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The Triumph of Love

Fan
1869 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt was an eminent artist and art historian. He acted as an Art Referee for the South Kensington Museum (later the V&A), recommending acquisitions. He and his wife were keen collectors of fans. They amassed hundreds from Europe and East Asia, which they donated to the V&A in 1876. Sir Matthew designed and painted this fan as a gift to his wife in 1869. The images on the fan leaf are an allegory on the ‘Triumph of Love’. Part of the inscription reads ‘For Love is Heaven and Heaven is Love’. It is signed ‘M Digby Wyatt to Mary Wyatt’.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleThe Triumph of Love (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Gouache on vellum, with gilt ivory sticks and guards
Brief description
1869, British; Painted kid. Triumph of Love
Physical description
Fan, mount made from skin, painted by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt with the Triumph of Love, in medallions, cupids, landscapes and scrolls. The stick and guards made from ivory, carved, pierced and painted.: turquoise studs.
Dimensions
  • Length: 11.1/8in
Credit line
Given by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt and Lady Wyatt
Object history
Given by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt and Lady Wyatt
Subjects depicted
Summary
Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt was an eminent artist and art historian. He acted as an Art Referee for the South Kensington Museum (later the V&A), recommending acquisitions. He and his wife were keen collectors of fans. They amassed hundreds from Europe and East Asia, which they donated to the V&A in 1876. Sir Matthew designed and painted this fan as a gift to his wife in 1869. The images on the fan leaf are an allegory on the ‘Triumph of Love’. Part of the inscription reads ‘For Love is Heaven and Heaven is Love’. It is signed ‘M Digby Wyatt to Mary Wyatt’.
Collection
Accession number
2177-1876

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Record createdDecember 11, 2003
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