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New Woburn or Bedford Gypsy Fan for 1805: M.236-1985

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New Woburn or Bedford Gypsy Fan for 1805


Unknown (Maker)


Double paper leaf printed in black and painted in water-colours. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of wood (18+2). Brass ? rivet with bone or ivory washer. Front: The leaf is divided into five vertical panels. In the central panel, flanked by groups of 4 cards, there is an oval coloured print of a gypsy wearing a bonnet and holding a pack of cards, with below 'The New/WOBURN or BEDFORD/(GYPSY FAN)/for 1805', and above instructions for fortune telling. Running down the left side of the two panels on the left and the right of the two panels on the right are the suits of cards with the Kings at the top. Beside each card there is a statement about the character or future of the chooser of that card. The left, lower and right edges have borders of black zigzag painted pink. Reverse: Undecorated.


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


Early 19th Century
George III
Production date: AD/CE 1805

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Components of the work

Leaf: composed of ink ( black) paper ( double) watercolours Sticks+guards: composed of wood Washer: composed of ivory Guards: Length 18.8 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.236-1985
Primary reference Number: 117821
Old catalogue number: DR 23/296
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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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