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Botanical orders: P.2093-1991

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Botanical orders


Publisher: Ashton, Sarah
Unknown (Printmaker)




History note: Bought by H.S. Reitlinger from James Rimell & Son, 53, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W. The fan leaves are listed as lot no. 368 on p.24 of the auction catalogue (date unknown): 'Collection of 9 Curious Engravings (4 COLOURED) designed for fans ...'. Rimell & Son were based at 53, Shaftesbury Avenue from just after 1900 until the late 1920s.

Legal notes

Bequest of Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950, transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


18th Century
Production date: AD 1792-07


Hand coloured. Made up of two printed sheets, glued together as recto and verso.

School or Style


Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper ( backed with laid paper, which is printed with text)
Plate Height 248 mm Width 502 mm
Sheet Height 286 mm Width 535 mm

Techniques used in production

Hand colouring

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Published as the Act directs July 21st 1792, by Sarah Ashton, No. 28 Little Britain
  • Location: Image lower right
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription and signature
  • Text: A Flower consists of the / Calyx, Empalement or Cup. / Corolla, or Blossom ... Which is one or more Petals. / Stamina, or Chives. / Pistilla, or Pointals. / Pericarpium, or Seed-vessel. / Semina, or Seeds. / Nectarium, or Honey Cup. / Receptaculum, or Receptacle.
  • Location: Verso, on back sheet
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Come ye soft Sylphs, who fan the Paphian Groves, / And bear on sportive wings the callow Loves; / Call with sweet whisper, in each gale that blows, / The slumbering Snow-drop from her long repose; / Charm the pale primrose from her clay-cold bed, / Unveil the bashful Violet's tremulous head; / While from her bud the playful Tulip breaks, / And young Carnations peep with blushing cheeks. / II Stanza 4 Canto Botanic Garden V.I.
  • Location: Verso, on back sheet
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Verses

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.2093-1991
Primary reference Number: 95057
Cust: 196
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 29 June 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 21 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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