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(The "Tulon" fan)

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Translated title

The "Tulon" fan


Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan


Double paper leaf painted in bodycolour and lettered overall. The front is illustrated with a scene of what is, most certainly, the Occupation of Tulon, by the British and Spanish in August 1793, including the harbour, ships and town and the reverse has an inscription: "Ocupacion de Tulon y Proclamacion de Luis XVII en 29 de Aousto 1793", giving details of each place or building, together with the ships of Britain and Spain. The sticks and guards are of pierced and carved bone.

Production Place

Spain (maker) (country)

Spanish (maker) (nationality)


length: (guards): 27.1 cm


late 18th century




bought: Anne, Countess of Rosse 1985-01-28 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.253-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117838; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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