Trompe l'oeil Print Medley
Trompe l'oeil Print Medley
Trompe l'oeil Print Medley
Trompe l'oeil Print Medley

Image credit: Rhian Cox / The Fan Museum

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Folding fan, the sticks carved and fretted with Chinoiserie scenes in the ‘gorge’ (the term used to describe the area of the sticks directly below the leaf) and painted at the top with assorted miniatures including livestock and musical instruments. The skin leaf is painted on the recto with a medley of trompe l'oeil images including a portrait (far left) of Maria Gunning, Countess of Coventry (1732–1760). Her image is copied from a print by an unknown artist, the original source being a pastel portrait by Francis Cotes.

Maria and her younger sister Elizabeth, both actresses, travelled from Dublin to London and caused a sensation upon their entry into polite society. Her story ends on a tragic note when at the age of just 28 she died from consumption, thought to be caused, or at least worsened, by the lead-based cosmetics she frequently applied to her face.

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Trompe l'oeil Print Medley




ivory & gouache on paper


H 28 x W (?) cm

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purchased privately by the owner, Mrs H. E. Alexander

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