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The 'Ashton Botanical' or 'Botanical Orders' Fan: M.225-1985

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The 'Ashton Botanical' or 'Botanical Orders' Fan


Maker: Ashton, Sarah




Double paper leaf printed and hand-coloured, inscribed 'Published as the Act directs July 21st, 1792, by Sarah Ashton... Little Britain.'; on the reverse are details of the numbered items, and lines from Erasmus Darwin's 'The Botanic Garden'. The sticks and guards are of polished laburnum wood.


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


18th Century, Late
George III
Production date: circa AD 1792

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Components of the work

Sticks, Guards composed of wood ( laburnum)
Leaf composed of paper
Guards Length 25.7 cm

Techniques used in production

Hand colouring

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: "Published as the Act directs July 21st, 1792, by Sarah Ashton... Little Britain."

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.225-1985
Primary reference Number: 117810
Old catalogue number: DR 11/171
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 2 May 2017 Last processed: Wednesday 21 February 2024

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

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