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Portraits showing sitters with different types of fans, including folding hand-held, feather and mechanical fans.
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Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown continental artist
circa 1575
NPG 2082

Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')
by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
circa 1592
NPG 2561

Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown artist
NPG 2471

Henrietta Maria
by Unknown artist, background by Hendrik van Steenwyck
circa 1635
NPG 1247

Mrs Lascelles
by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
NPG 4855(14)

Madge Kendal
by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
NPG Ax18151

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