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Recovery of George III from Illness

  • Object:

    Fan

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1789 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache painted on paper, pleated, carved and pierced ivory, brass, mother-of-pearl

  • Credit Line:

    Given by HM Queen Mary

  • Museum number:

    T.203-1959

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Many 18th-century fans commemorated important events. They marked the births, marriages and deaths of well-known people, royal occasions or major social events. This fan celebrates George III's recovery from illness in 1789. The simple, emblematic design includes the rose and thistle, symbolising the Union of Scotland and England by Act of Parliament in 1707. Above are the words, 'Health is restored to ONE and happiness to Millions'. The fan may have been designed for ladies to carry at the great ball given at Court in 1789 to celebrate the king's recovery.

Physical description

Fan made of paper painted with gouache, and carved and pierced ivory sticks and guards. Painted with a crown below which are a rose and thistle. Along the top edge, which is blue, is written 'Health is restored to ONE and happiness to Millions'. On two blue scrolls is also inscribed 'On the King's' and 'Happy Recovery'. Under the arm is the cypher 'G.R.' worked in sequins. Brass rivet, and mother-of-pearl washers.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1789 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gouache painted on paper, pleated, carved and pierced ivory, brass, mother-of-pearl

Marks and inscriptions

'On the King's' and 'Happy Recovery'
Each inscribed on a blue scroll

'Health is restored to ONE and happiness to Millions'
Inscribed in gold along the top edge

Dimensions

Length: 10.5 in

Descriptive line

Fan 'Recovery of George III from Illness' made of paper painted with gouache, and carved and pierced ivory sticks and guards, Great Britain, 1789

Categories

Accessories; Fans; Clothing; Fashion; Royalty; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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