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Valentine card: P.14342-R-79

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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Mansell, Joseph




A quarto, jewelled valentine front of white lace-paper with brown-coloured, stencilled borders. The front-paper has a secondary support of grey paper, probably a leaf from a different album from which it has been cut out for insertion into this album. A central aperture with gauze blind and brown paper panel behind mounted with a cut-paper and hand-coloured figure of a lady wearing an orange dress holding flowers and fruits and with a basket of flowers. The aperture is framed with gilded lace-paper leaves and cut-paper and hand-coloured flowers (forget-me-not, convolvulus) and glittered white silk leaves and red 'jewel and 'turquoise 'jewel' (a second red jewel lost) at lower centre. A handwritten verse at upper left and right: 'Oh! smile my dear / That I may see / Love dwells within / Thy heart for me.'. A small, cut-paper and hand-coloured Hymen, holding a flaming torch and sitting on a rice-paper cloud is affixed at upper centre. 'MANSELL' faintly blind-stamped at lower left. See also 'Acton' valentine, P.14384-R, a similar jewelled valentine, presumed to be by Mansell.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr J. W. L. Glaisher, 1928

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1852

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Techniques used in production

Hand colouring

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Accession number: P.14342-R-79
Primary reference Number: 206559
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Created: Thursday 13 August 2015 Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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