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The "Seventh Plague of Egypt" Fan


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Title/s

The "Seventh Plague of Egypt" Fan

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double leaf of paper backed with chickenskin ?, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of shaped, pierced and engraved/etched mother-of-pearl (15+ 2). Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front: The Seventh Plague of Egypt after the painting of 1823 by John Martin (1789-1854). To right and left, wide borders of gilt flowers and foliage, extending in narrower sprays to meet in the middle of the lower edge. At the top there is a central border of fringes flanked by stylized leaves. Reverse: In the middle, painted in colours, a Nile landscape with temples and a camel, flanked by floral sprays in gold, black and red. Left, upper and right borders of stylized foliage with a flower in the upper corners, painted in gold. Sticks: Pierced with a man and woman flanked by plants and vases of flowers on trellises

Production Place

Spain (maker) (country) ()

France, (maker) (country) ()

Spanish (maker) (nationality) ()

French (maker) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Double leaf of paper backed with chickenskin ?, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of shaped, pierced and engraved/etched mother-of-pearl (15+ 2). Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 21.8 cm
width:

Period

2nd quarter 19th century

Date

circa 1830 to 1835

Provenance

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

Documentation

  1. Feaver, William (1970) The Art of John Martin, Oxford [page: 66]
    [comments: The design on the front is after 'The Seventh Plage of Egypt', oil on canvas, 1823, by John Martin (1789-1854), p. 66, fig. 42. The subject is taken from Exodus, 9.23: 'And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven and the Lord sent thunder and hail and the fire ran along upon the ground, and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.' The painting was sold to J.G. Lampton, later Earl of Durham, for 500 guineas. It is now in the Boston Museum of Fine Art.]
  2. (1835) Illustrations of the Bible,
    [comments: Ref: Martin did not make an independent engraving, but produced it as No. 11 in 'Illustrations of the Bible'.]

Other Notes

The design on the front is after The Seventh Plague of Egypt, oil on canvas, 1823, by John Martin (1789–1854)

Accession Number

M.259-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117844; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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