Mobile menu
Welcome back to the royal residences. Find out more about our measures to keep you safe.
French

Fan depicting 'Bacchus and Ariadne' c. 1750

RCIN 25218

Your share link is...

  Close

This fan shows the moment when Bacchus proposes marriage to Ariadne after discovering her on the island of Naxos. The happy couple are surrounded by followers of the god, including female dancing figures, musicians and a woman proffering a goblet of wine.

Given by William IV to Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge; by descent to Queen Mary