Fan

1792


Object Place: London, England

Dimensions

Guard: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.); maximum open: 46 cm (18 1/8 in.); arc: 155°

Accession Number

1976.178

Medium or Technique

Paper leaf etched, engraved and painted in watercolor; ivory sticks; mother-of-pearl

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Double paper leaf. Obverse: examples of botanical forms with scientific denominations, small flower bunches center, small branches and seed vessels to sides (numbers refer to descriptions on reverse), leaf forms at borders, imprint “Published as the Act directs, July 21, 1792, by Sarah Ashton, No.28 Little Britain, London.” Reverse: 24 orders of Botany listed, other technical information, poetry from “II Stanza, 4 Canto, Botanic Garden, V.I.” Eighteen plain ivory sticks, plain ivory guards, mother-of-pearl buttons on rivet.

Inscription

Published as the Act directs, July 21, 1792, by Sarah Ashton, No.28 Little Britain, London.

Provenance

Before 1976: collection DeWitt Clinton Cohen; by 1976: collection Esther Oldham; gift of Esther Oldham to the MFA, June 9, 1976.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection