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A rare fan of the siege of Gibraltar

Title
[A Fan depicting the Siege of Gibraltar]
Author
[Anonymous]
Publication place
Spain,
Publication date
[?c1780].
Price
£10,000
Reference
2221

Description

Folding paper fan with a fine large hand-coloured engraved view of the Siege of Gibraltar with Spanish ships and troops in the foreground, the verso with engraved key in Spanish decorated with weapons of war on either side, mounted on ivory sticks , the ivory sticks decorated in silver and gilt with a fort, ship and flag, the gaurdsticks carved and pierced and with silver and gilt depicting a ship and drums.

Notes

The unsuccessful siege of Gibraltar began in 1779 and lasted until February 1783, when the siege was lifted. This fan, which it has been suggested belonged to the Earl of Minto, is not in the Schreiber Collection.