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N04499 A FAN c. 1893–8
Inscr. ‘Conder’ on left wing of fan b.l.
Watercolour and silver paint on silk, 5 1/4×17 1/4 (13·5×44).
Purchased from Arthur Blunt (Clarke Fund) 1930.
Exh: Tate Gallery, July–September 1927 (61), lent by Arthur Blunt.
Lit: Rothenstein, 1938, pp.159, 259.
This fan, which has no title, has three main scenes painted in ovals on the left, centre, and right, which in that order show a seated woman in eighteenth-century dress fanning herself, a group of Amazons with a grey horse, and a woman in a landscape, holding a parrot on her arm. Two smaller circular vignettes in between each contain a female figure, one half-length seated in eighteenth-century costume, the other head and shoulders in semi-classical attire.
Arthur Blunt, the son of the Vicar of Chelsea and himself a painter, was an intimate friend of the artist whom he first met in Paris in 1893. Conder stayed with him at Chantmesle, but in 1898 quarrelled with him after the formation of the Carfax Gallery (1897), when he suspected, probably unfairly, that Blunt was taking advantage of his poverty to buy his fans cheaply with a view to reselling them himself.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I