The Golden Age
The fan proliferates throughout the 'long' Eighteenth Century. It becomes a ubiquitous costume accessory worn by royalty, aristocracy, the middle classes and, by the close of the century, even the lower classes could afford to purchase simple printed fans. Whilst the artistry of fan painting continues to flourish and copies of Master paintings remain popular, new types of fan emerge. They reflect the nuances and caprices of eighteenth century life, unfurling scenes of domesticity, romantic liaisons and even current affairs.