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Selling Fans in Eighteenth Century London

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 19.00-20.00hrs

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 19.00-20.00hrs (drinks reception from 18.00hrs)

Tickets: £7.50 / £6.75 (Friends discount)

An illustrated lecture by Cambridge University’s Dr Amy Louise Erikson, who recently curated a marvellous outdoor exhibition entitled City Women in the 18th Century.

In the 18th century fans achieved a mass market in England, through domestic production in London and later in Bath. This talk explores how they were sold – where, by whom, and at what price – both retail to customers and wholesale to shopkeepers or pedlars from the provinces.

The cheap end of the fan market is represented by printers Martha Gamble in the first half of the century and Sarah Ashton and John Cock at its end. At the expensive end of the market were families of French immigrants, like the Huguenot Chassereau and the Catholic Sleepes. The talk is illustrated with fan-makers’ engraved trade cards and newspaper advertisements.

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Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with valid student card)
  • Children aged 6-17 years
  • Senior citizens
  • Registered disabled
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Children aged 6 years and under, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for senior citizens and disabled visitors (except for groups)

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Unmounted printed fan leaf by F. Chassereau, 1739.


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