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Portraits showing sitters with different types of fans, including folding hand-held, feather and mechanical fans. Explore the full list here.

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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
1585-1590
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
1751-1758
NPG 4855(14)

Madge Kendal
by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
1870
NPG Ax18151

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