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Fair Rosamond Fan
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Fair Rosamond Fan
Double leaf of paper printed in black and painted in water-colours. Sticks and guards of ivory painted in red and green (19+2), the latter strengthened at the tip and head with mother-of-pearl. Brass ? rivet. Front: Fair Rosamund, seated in an arbour is approached by Queen Eleanor, holding a sword in her left hand and a cup of poison in her right. In the foreground there are bedding and pot plants and behind the figures a path meanders into the distance where there is a church and a windmill. In the left foreground there is a shell and coral studded rock, , and in the distance a man asleep beside a sword, and another man running away in front of a view of Woodstock Palace. On the right of Fair Rosamond there is a formal garden with a fountain surrounded by statutes of Apollo, Minerva, Ceres and Jupiter, and a path leading to a gate. Inscribed on left side of leaf 'Oct.26. to ye late Act 1740. Reverse: An asymmetrically placed, sketchily painted vignette of a cottage and bushes. Sticks and guards: Painted with flowering plants and red diaper pattern. The design is repeated on the back. The mother-of-pearl tips on the guards are engraved with an unidentifiable motif.
England (maker) (country)
English (maker) (nationality)
Double leaf of paper printed in black and painted in water-colours. Sticks and guards of ivory painted in red and green (19+2), the latter strengthened at the tip and head with mother-of-pearl. Brass ? rivet
length: (guards): 24.0
mid 18th Century
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.204-1985 (Applied Arts)