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'The Malbrouk Fan'
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'The Malbrouk Fan'
Double paper leaf decorated with etchings and wood block prints and painting in water-colours. Sticks and guards of dark brown wood (14+2). Steel rivet with bone (?) washers. Front: Three shaped panels printed with figure scenes: left, a lady saying farewell to Malbrouk, inscribed below 'Malbrouk sen-vat/ en Guerre' (verse 1 of the song on the reverse); right, a tower from which the lady observes a mounted general through a telescope, inscribed below 'Madame a sa tour monte/Si haut qu elle peut/monter.'(verse 4 of the song on the reverse); centre, the tomb of Malbrouk inscribed 'CI JIT/MALBROUK' with two officers on each side, inscribed below 'A l'entour de la Tombe,/Romarin l'en plante/Sur la plus haute branche,'Le Rossignol chante (verses 13 & 14 of the song on the reverse).' The background is seme with simplified sprigs and dots and round the edges there is a wavy rope and sprig border. Reverse: The music and nineteen, of the thirty-one, verses of 'La Morte de Mr d'Malbrouk'
France, (maker) (country)
French (maker) (nationality)
Double paper leaf decorated with etchings and wood block prints and painting in water-colours. Sticks and guards of dark brown wood (14+2). Steel rivet with bone (?) washers.
length: (guards): 28.3
4th quarter 18th century
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.302-1985 (Applied Arts)