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Mary Queen of Scots, Escaping from Lochleven Castle: M.120-2015

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Mary Queen of Scots, Escaping from Lochleven Castle


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Folding fan, depicting the escape of Mary Queen of Scots from Lochleven Castle.
Pale blue silk leaf, with a stipple printed in colour on fretted bone sticks.


History note: Lennox Boyd Estate. Christie's no. 245

Legal notes

Accepted by H. M. Government in lieu of inheritance tax from the Lennox Boyd Estate

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2015-04-27) by H.M. Government


Production date: circa AD/CE 1810


This badly damaged fan portrays the legendary escape of Mary Queen of Scots from Lochleven Castle, near Kinross, Scotland, in 1568. Schiller’s 1800 play, 'Mary Stuart', led to a renewed interest in the life of Mary Queen of Scots. Silk threads are particularly prone to light deterioration. Exposure to light, together with repeated folding and unfolding, has led to weakening of the material over time resulting in extensive tears along the folds.

This fan forms part of the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox Boyd, allocated to the Museum by H.M. Government in lieu of inheritance tax in 2015. The collection of over 600 fans ranges in date from the 18th to the 20th centuries and in type from bejewelled and hand-painted court and wedding fans, to printed mass-produced advertising fans, aide-memoire fans, mourning fans and children’s fans.

Components of the work

Leaf: composed of silk Sticks: composed of bone

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.120-2015
Primary reference Number: 204684
Sale number: 245
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Created: Thursday 23 July 2015 Updated: Tuesday 19 October 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 19 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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