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Mapping London’s Fan Makers

30th September 2021 Jacob Moss797 views

The Fan Museum is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Mapping London’s Fan Makers’ on the Layers of London website.

A culmination of many months of painstaking research, the interactive map features the names and locations of 200+ fan makers, fan painters and associate workers active in London in the 17th and 18th centuries. Many of the entries link through to fans & associated objects in other museum collections and are further enriched with biographical details, unfolding stories of migration, poverty and even crime.

Take a tour of the map and discover the fascinating history of London’s fan trade and learn more about the craftspeople and entrepreneurs involved in the making and selling of handheld fans during a period when London’s fan makers achieved a pinnacle of productivity and ingenuity.

CLICK HERE to access the map.

For more information about the project/map, please email The Fan Museum’s curatorial team: j.moss@thefanmuseum.org.uk / s.schiavone@thefanmuseum.org.uk

 

Upcoming Events

Talking Fans > Dance Fans and the Georgian Assembly Room

Wednesday 25 May 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

In eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe, assemblies and balls were the centre of the Season where complex dances and social relationships played out. A plethora of dance manuals and sheet music were created to teach the music and social etiquette of the assembly rooms, which included the popularisation of the Country Dance fan and Quadrille fan. Join TFM Curatorial Assistant Ailsa Hendry as she explores the relationship between dance, fans, and society during this period.

Talking Fans > Art of Deception: 18th Century Trompe l’œil Fans

Wednesday 22 June 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

The French term trompe l’œil can be translated as ‘trick of the eye’ and applies to works of art which create an illusion of a real object or scene. Although its origins can be traced back to the Classical period, the trompe l’œil phenomenon is especially prevalent in the eighteenth century and is applied in varying ways to fans throughout the period. Join TFM Curator & The Arts Society Lecturer, Jacob Moss as he explores the trompe l’œil trend as seen on a variety of eighteenth century fans from the Museum’s outstanding collections.

Summer Lecture with Hélène Alexander

Wednesday 27 July 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

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