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Fans Unfolded: Conserving the Lennox-Boyd collection

Start Date 05 March 2019
End Date 12 July 2020
Venue The Fitzwilliam Museum
Location Cambridge, UK
Exhibition display of open fans

Showcasing rare and exquisitely decorated fans from the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox Boyd, allocated to the Museum by H.M. Government in lieu of inheritance tax in 2015, this display reveals the techniques behind the making, investigation and conservation of fans. 

The collection of over 600 objects ranges in date from the 18th to the 20th centuries and in type from bejewelled and hand-painted court and wedding fans, to printed mass-produced advertising fans, aide-memoire fans, mourning fans and children’s fans. A conservation project generously funded by the Marlay group has allowed us to display a selection of these fragile but extraordinary objects for the first time.

Image © Fitzwilliam Museum.