Town and Country
6th September - 31st December 2016
The Museum’s twenty fifth anniversary year finishes with an unusual perspective on a fascinating theme: an exhibition of fans which depict the built environment.
Throughout the centuries fan leaves provided a canvas on which fan painters & printers recorded changing fashions in architecture. This exhibition brings together fans which depict both domestic and stately houses, famous architectural landmarks, bustling city squares, parks and grand hotels.
Buildings on fans are not as numerous as those which display figures or flowers, but when they do appear they tell us so much about the time when both interiors and exteriors were made; the people they belonged to and generally the human appeal, which makes fans delightful reflections of their time.
This exhibition explores the varied influences of architecture throughout history and proves once again that the greater arts are closely connected with the lesser yet infinitely more accessible Decorative Arts.
Ivory fan with vellum leaf depicting the Covent Garden Piazza and St. Paul's Church designed by Inigo Jones (English, c. 1750) Mother of pearl fan with carved monture, painted with a view of Chateau Fresneaux-Montchevreuil (French, c. 1870s) Ivory fan painted with a view of Holkham Hall, Norfolk (Probably Italian, c. 1780s) Ivory fan with carved monture, painted with a view of North Parade, Bath. Signed by the artist Thomas Loggan (English, 1749) Mother of pearl fan with pierced monture, depicting the Place des Victoires (French, c. 1740-50)
More Past Exhibitions
Since opening to the public in 1991, The Fan Museum's programme of temporary exhibitions has covered an extraordinary range of fan-related topics. Explore the archive here.
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Museum Admission Pricing
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
- 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
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. Group Bookings
Printed Fan Leaf
Printed and hand coloured view of the Rotunda at Ranelagh Gardens (English, c. 1745)
The Fan Museum’s opening times each week are Wednesday to Saturday 11h00-17h00, with last entries at 16h30 each day.
Our latest exhibition, ‘Boxed In, Fanned Out: Fans and their Boxes’, is open from 3rd November and will run into the New Year.
Tickets for Museum by Candlelight, our special Christmas late-opening experience, are now on sale. Book now to secure your place!
Opening times may vary in line with public holidays. We will attempt to keep our channels updated in this case.
Our Orangery is not open as a public tearoom.
Click here for details of how to hire the space.