Illustrated folding fan


Science Museum

Science Museum
London, United Kingdom

French folding fan, made of printed and hand painted paper with rosewood spines and scene. This shows a group of ladies and gentlemen with servants observing the Great Comet of 1811 along with Venus represented as a seated lady with comet-like headdress. The satirical scene is labelled, 'Folie du jour. Venus, ou la pretendue Comete' (Today's madness: Venus or the Pretend Comet).


  • Title: Illustrated folding fan
  • Date Created: 1811/1815
  • Location Created: France
  • Rights: © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, Science Museum Group Collection, CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

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