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Vive la bagatelle: P.2094-1991

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Vive la bagatelle


Publisher: Ashton, Sarah
Printmaker: Unknown




Fan print


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 1797-01

School or Style


Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper ( lined with a similar sheet of laid paper)
Plate Height 255 mm Width 495 mm
Sheet Height 275 mm Width 532 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Image upper centre, on scroll
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Title
  • Text: Grave Wisdom, from thy seat awhile, / Descend, to crack a joke & smile; / Amusement will do all she can, / To please you in this little / Fan.
  • Location: Image upper centre, in medallion
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Published by Sarah Ashton & Co. / No. 28 Little Britain, Jany 1, 1797.
  • Location: Image lower left, on scroll
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription and signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.2094-1991
Primary reference Number: 95060
Cust: 207
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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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