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The new gypsy fan, the art of fortune telling by cards
(late 18th century)

gouache over engraving on paper, wood, bone, metal
19.0 × 34.0 × 2.4 cm
Place/s of Execution
printed in ink, u.c.: THE ART of FORTUNE TELLING by CARDS.
printed in ink, l.c.: THE NEW / GYPSY FAN / Published by D. Kerr / London
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Schofield Collection. Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the Government of Victoria, 1974
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Fan, features wooden guards and paper leaf printed with a combination of image and text. At the centre is the image of a fortune teller, holding cards and wearing a yellow and blue bonnet. Above this image is text enclosed in a box which describes how to deal the cards. Either side of the image are interpretations of each of the cards, featured in vertical rows. The reverse of the fan is blank.