Skip to main content

New Church Fan: M.232-1985

An image of Folding fan

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Object information

Current Location: In storage


New Church Fan


Maker: Unknown




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)

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 1796

People, subjects and objects depicted

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
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "New Church Fan" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-04-15 17:54:10

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=New Church Fan |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-04-15 17:54:10|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="New Church Fan"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">New Church Fan</figcaption>

More objects and works of art you might like


Accession Number: E.96.1937

Cup and saucer

Accession Number: C.38 & A-2010


Accession Number: C.310-1991

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...