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English folding fan painted with scenes

Image attached to M.326-1985

An image of Folding Fan. English, unknown maker. Front: In the middle a young mother kneels in profile, holding out her arms to a small boy standing in front of her. Landscape background with distant hills, a lake or river and buildings. Gilt scroll border on the left, upper and right sides. Reverse: A floral spray in red, pink, green and gold. Sticks and guards: Oriental style plants, a pavillion by a tree and criss-cross diaper. The green lacquer and design stops short of the head. Reverse plain wood. Double paper leaf stipple printed, painted in water-colours and gilt. Gold paper binding on the upper edge. Sticks and guards of wood, lacquered green and gilt, the head of the latter strengthened with ivory (18+2). Rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Length, guards, 25.6 cm, 1809. Notes: The source of the design was an engraving by M.N. Bate after Adam Buck (1759-1833) entitled 'Step by Step' in the series 'The Progress of Human Life'. It was printed by Ackerman, 101, Strand, London.

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Folding Fan. English, unknown maker. Front: In the middle a young mother kneels in profile, holding out her arms to a small boy standing in front of her. Landscape background with distant hills, a lake or river and buildings. Gilt scroll border on the left, upper and right sides. Reverse: A floral spray in red, pink, green and gold. Sticks and guards: Oriental style plants, a pavillion by a tree and criss-cross diaper. The green lacquer and design stops short of the head. Reverse plain wood. Double paper leaf stipple printed, painted in water-colours and gilt. Gold paper binding on the upper edge. Sticks and guards of wood, lacquered green and gilt, the head of the latter strengthened with ivory (18+2). Rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Length, guards, 25.6 cm, 1809. Notes: The source of the design was an engraving by M.N. Bate after Adam Buck (1759-1833) entitled 'Step by Step' in the series 'The Progress of Human Life'. It was printed by Ackerman, 101, Strand, London.

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  • Accession Number: M.326-1985
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/20.0
  • Focal length: 80
  • Camera: Hasselblad H4D-31
  • Photographer name: Katie Young
  • Image height: 639 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 592.00kB
  • Exposure time: 1/30
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 20/1
  • Captured: 2015:03:09 15:30:11

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19th Century Adam Buck arms arms outstretched bending bending down blue dress British School child children clothes clothing dress English fan fans fashion female folding fan Georgian gilded gilt hair hairstyle hills ivory kneeling lacquer lacquered landscape mother mother and child mother of pearl motherhood painted paper pavilion printed printing press rivet riveted watercolour woman

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