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Fair Rosamond Fan: M.204-1985

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Fair Rosamond Fan


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Double leaf of paper printed in black and painted in water-colours. Sticks and guards of ivory painted in red and green (19+2), the latter strengthened at the tip and head with mother-of-pearl. Brass ? rivet. Front: Fair Rosamund, seated in an arbour is approached by Queen Eleanor, holding a sword in her left hand and a cup of poison in her right. In the foreground there are bedding and pot plants and behind the figures a path meanders into the distance where there is a church and a windmill. In the left foreground there is a shell and coral studded rock, , and in the distance a man asleep beside a sword, and another man running away in front of a view of Woodstock Palace. On the right of Fair Rosamond there is a formal garden with a fountain surrounded by statutes of Apollo, Minerva, Ceres and Jupiter, and a path leading to a gate. Inscribed on left side of leaf 'Oct.26. to ye late Act 1740. Reverse: An asymmetrically placed, sketchily painted vignette of a cottage and bushes. Sticks and guards: Painted with flowering plants and red diaper pattern. The design is repeated on the back. The mother-of-pearl tips on the guards are engraved with an unidentifiable motif.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Legal notes

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1985-01-28) by Countess of Rosse, Anne


Mid 18th Century
George II
Production date: circa AD 1740

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of ink ( black) watercolours Guards composed of mother-of-pearl Length 24.0 cm
Sticks+guards composed of ivory

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Oct.26. to ye late Act 1740
  • Location: On left side of leaf
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.204-1985
Primary reference Number: 117789
Old catalogue number: DR 2/13
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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