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  • Date:

    pre 1884 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted wood sticks and guards with paper leaf with lithograph decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Cyril W Beaumont Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Fan with wooden sticks and guards painted with foliage scroll patterns with a central red brown flower on the sticks, the paper leaf printed on front with lithographed images of groups of lovers in a garden and landscape setting and on the back with Spanish dancers and musicians in a landscape.


pre 1884 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Painted wood sticks and guards with paper leaf with lithograph decoration

Object history note

This is one of several fans in the Cyril Beaumont Collection owned by Marie Taglioni. part of a unique collection of memorabilia and personal effects which evoke the ballerina in the last decades of her life. The manipulation of the fan would have been an integral part of teaching social dance in the 1870s when Taglioni was teaching in London.
A collection of Taglioni memorabilia was amassed by Margaret Rolfe, the granddaughter of Taglioni's closest friend in London, Mrs Boggs Rolfe; she attended Taglioni's dancing classes and received many gifts of Taglioni memorabilia, from Taglioni herself, from her grandmother and from Taglioni's niece, Marguerite Troubetzkoi, after Taglioni's death. She kept these, with a series of related notes, in various boxes and annotated envelopes (filed separately). These she passed to Cyril Beaumont, probably for the London Archives of the Dance (a number of the objects were referred to in "The London Archives of the Dance and some of its Treasures" by Cyril Beaumont, Ballet Annual, first issue, Adam & Charles Black, London, 1947, p110); the Archives never achieved an independent home and part of the collection, including the Taglioni memorabilia, was stored with Cyril Beaumont, where it became inextricably mixed with his own collection and came to the Museum as part of the Cyril Beaumont Bequest.

Descriptive line

Fan owned by ballerina MarieTaglioni (1804-1884), sticks and guards of painted wood with paper leaf with lithograph decoration


Paper; Gouache; Watercolour; Wood; Gouache




Theatre and Performance Collection

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