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The Romantic Age: European Fans 1810-1840

25 September - 30 December 2018

The Fan Museum’s third and final temporary exhibition of 2018 offers fascinating insights into a relatively overlooked period within the history of fans…

In Europe, the beginning of the 19th century witnessed significant social and political upheavals. The Napoleonic Wars reverberated across the continent and affected life on an unprecedented scale. In France, fan-makers and their apprentices downed tools and joined the military and the ‘golden age’ of fan-making, typified by the exquisitely crafted confections of the previous century, appeared to reach an abrupt end. Although the materials used to fashion fans were, as a result of trading embargoes, generally less precious, fans continued to reflect the hopes, fears and aspirations of society at large.

Celebrating a period during which historical ideals and past traditions were glorified, The Romantic Age features a diverse array of fans ranging from intricate brisé models to Franco-Spanish examples decorated with subjects such as the operas of Rossini – at their most popular during the 1820s-1830s following the composer’s celebrated tour of Spain.

Additionally, fans which reflect the troubadour style and a return to the chivalric principles of the past will be on display alongside fans commemorating Napoleon and the return of his ashes to France in 1840.


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Museum Admission Pricing

Adults: £5.00
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Family ticket (up to 2 Adults and up to 3 Children, also 1 Adult and 4 Children): £10.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with vaild student card)
  • Senior citizens
  • English Heritage
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
Free Entry for…

Children under 7, Disabled visitors and carers, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for senior citizens.

Please note that the discounts listed above cannot be applied when visitors are part of a large group visit or guided tour group.  Please click here for further details.

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The Museum is now open Tuesday – Saturday, 11h00 – 17h00, last entry at 16h30

The Orangery is not a tea room, and is only available for private hire.

For any enquiries please contact us on 0208 305 1441 or by email info@thefanmuseum.org.uk .