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New Church Fan: M.232-1985

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New Church Fan


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Double paper leaf, printed in brown. Gold paper ? binding on upper edge and gold strips along the other edges. Sticks and guards of shaped ivory (18+2). Rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front: At the centre of the top of the leaf there is a descending dove and three cherubs heads with below 'PUBLISH'D with the APPROBATION of the LORD BISHOP of LONDON/NEW CHURCH FAN'. The main field is occupied by vertical panels containing the Lord's Prayer headed 'Our Father', The Ten Commandments, headed 'Exodus' 'Chapter XX' and the Creed headed 'I Believe', separated by an oval panel containing two angels and another containing an angel and two cherubs. Above the latter are respectively 'A Prayer for the King's Majesty.' and 'A Prayer for the Royal Family.' At the bottom of the leaf, below the oval panels, are two labels bearing the words 'Enter'd at Stationers Hall by' and 'the Proprieters May.1.1796.' Upper and lower borders of crowns, drapes and Prince of Wales'feathers. Back: Undecorated. The cherubs and angels are after the Rev. Matthew William Peters (1742-1814).


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


Late 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD/CE 1796

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Components of the work

Leaf: composed of ink ( brown) Washers: composed of mother-of-pearl Sticks+guards: composed of ivory Guards: Length 24.4 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.232-1985
Primary reference Number: 117817
Old catalogue number: 71
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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