Discover England’s Green and Pleasant Land at The Fan Museum in Greenwich

By Ruth Hazard | 28 September 2012
© The Fan Museum
Exhibition Preview: England's Green & Pleasant Land, The Fan Museum, Greenwich, until January 6 2013

The Fan Museum prides itself on its 3,500-strong antique collection of fans, allowing visitors to appreciate these artefacts in their historical and sociological context.

Its new temporary exhibition is no different, with 80 examples of 17th and 18th century fans being used to show the transformation of England’s cultural, social and political landscape during 250 years.

Fans are not simply decorative accessories. They have served many purposes as cooling and winnowing devices, ceremonial tools, status symbols or commemorative presents.

The scenes they capture and the techniques used to create the fans are telling of the society in which they were made.

Highlights for this display include a rare wood-block printed fan, The Hapy (sic.) Restoration, from around 1661, as well as a number of fine 18th century fans depicting formal city squares, stately houses, and idyllic scenes of rural life.

An assortment of early printed commemorative fans, used to mark a diverse array of important occasions such as political trials, royal births and even the mystic practice of fortune telling, are also on display.

  • Open 11am-5pm (12pm-5pm Sunday, closed Monday). Admission £4/£3.
© The Fan Museum

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