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Publications: Language of the Fan

Language of the Fan by Ivison and Dr Louise Wheatley
By Ivison and Dr Louise Wheatley, local historians and teachers.

Softback, 35 pages, 23 colour, 13 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 948 939 06 0

This booklet explores the history of the fan and the etiquette surrounding its use in eighteenth-century polite society.

The fan was an indispensable article of fashion throughout the eighteenth century and the Wheatley collection features most of the varieties in use at that time.

The booklet also explains the evolution of the 'Language of the Fan' and explains how ladies used these fans in their repetoire of communication.

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