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The Margate Fan: M.209-1985

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Current Location: In storage


The Margate Fan


Maker: Unknown




Double paper leaf printed in black on both sides. Sticks and guards of wood (18+2). Steel rivet with ivory washers. Front: The leaf is headed 'THE MARGATE FAN./or Guide to the Isle of Thanet'. The design comprises twelve views of Margate and neighbourhood headed 'The Town and Pier', 'Assembly Room', 'Hooper's Hill', 'Chapel Hill', 'at Dandelion','St. Peters', 'Mansion Kingsgate', 'Westbrook', 'Drapers', 'at Kingsgate', 'Ramsgate',and 'Broadstairs'. These are separated by panels containing flowers or stars. The top border is of oak leaves, the bottom of greek key, and the right and left of paired leaves and berries. The right and left edges of the leaf are inscribed 'Published by W.Else, Jeweller, Queen Street, Margate as the Act directs.Augt 5 1805'. Reverse: Headed 'A MAP OF THE ISLE OF THANET.' with an oval map below encircled by the words 'Thy fisheries yeild food, thy Commerce Wealth, I Thy Baths give Viger, and thy Waters Health'. On either side useful local information is listed: 'Yacht', 'Coaches & Diligences', 'Bathing Houses', 'Fashionable Walks, 'Fashionable Rides', 'Library', 'Lady's Straw Hat-Warehouse', 'Boarding Houses', and 'Assembly Rooms', 'Theatre', 'Banker','Dandelion', 'Distances'. On the left side the same inscription as on the front. Sticks and Guards: Undecorated.


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

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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


19th Century, Early#
George III
Production date: circa AD 1805 : An early example of advertising on fans

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Components of the work

Leaf composed of ink ( black)
Sticks+guards composed of wood
Rivet composed of steel
Washers composed of ivory
Guards Length 20.9 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.209-1985
Primary reference Number: 117794
Old catalogue number: DR 8/155
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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