Skip to main content

'The Malbrouk Fan': M.302-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


'The Malbrouk Fan'


Maker: Unknown




Double paper leaf decorated with etchings and wood block prints and painting in water-colours. Sticks and guards of dark brown wood (14+2). Steel rivet with bone (?) washers. Front: Three shaped panels printed with figure scenes: left, a lady saying farewell to Malbrouk, inscribed below 'Malbrouk sen-vat/ en Guerre' (verse 1 of the song on the reverse); right, a tower from which the lady observes a mounted general through a telescope, inscribed below 'Madame a sa tour monte/Si haut qu elle peut/monter.'(verse 4 of the song on the reverse); centre, the tomb of Malbrouk inscribed 'CI JIT/MALBROUK' with two officers on each side, inscribed below 'A l'entour de la Tombe,/Romarin l'en plante/Sur la plus haute branche,'Le Rossignol chante (verses 13 & 14 of the song on the reverse).' The background is seme with simplified sprigs and dots and round the edges there is a wavy rope and sprig border. Reverse: The music and nineteen, of the thirty-one, verses of 'La Morte de Mr d'Malbrouk'


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#
Louis XVI
Production date: circa AD 1781

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sticks+guards composed of wood ( dark brown)
Leaf composed of paper ( double) watercolours
Washers composed of bone
Rivet composed of steel
Guards Length 28.3 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.302-1985
Primary reference Number: 117887
Old catalogue number: DR 22/285
Old object number: 345
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 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) "'The Malbrouk Fan'" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-04-20 15:51:25

Citation for Wikipedia

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

{{cite web|url= |title='The Malbrouk Fan' |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-04-20 15:51:25|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:

More objects and works of art you might like

Perpetual Almanack

Accession Number: M.275-2015

Topographical Image of Versailles

Accession Number: M.433-2015

Topographical Image of Versailles

Accession Number: M.432-2015

Classical Mythology Scene

Accession Number: M.223-2015

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...