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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink and color on paper with lacquer sticks and guards
  • Dimension

    H x W: 39.5 x 71.5 cm (15 9/16 x 28 1/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    A large paper folding fan, the top edge scalloped, painted with a 'night and day' design; the left hand in ink and colours with a hilly landscape, the right hand side with a gradually overlapping uniform blue night sky. The reverse with scattered butterflies in silver on a pink ground. The guards lacquered red. The fan leaf with a 'butterfly' signature of James McNeill Whistler and an autograph musical quotation signed P. de Sarasate.
  • Inscriptions

    This fan bears the signatures of the artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and the virtuoso violist and composer Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues (1844-1908). Whistler added his butterfly monogram and Sarasate inscribed a passage of music, presumably from one of his own compositions. These authentic inscriptions make the fan a unique document of the friendship between Sarasate and Whistler and their mutual interest in Japanese objects.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Fans in Fashion: The Collection of Colin Lawton Johnson (1990-1991)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Harold P. Stern Memorial Fund
  • Type

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