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Preparatory drawing for a comic valentine: P.14345-R-3

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Current Location: In storage


Preparatory drawing for a comic valentine


Publisher: S. Marks & Sons




A preparatory drawing in graphite with tonal contrasts in grey wash on cream wove paper for a comic valentine. The male figure depicted appears to be a brick pointer. He holds a giant trowel in front of his oversized head like a mirror. A graphite sketch of Cupid pulling back his arrow to fire at him is visible at upper right. Graphite depictions of roofs, chimneys and clouds are visible behind him. One of a group bought by Glaisher at a sale, the catalogue clipping affixed to the same album leaf: "749 - Original wash Valentine Drawings - A collection of 8 executed for Messrs. Marks & Co. by BRITTAIN ...". This group of valentines was bought in 1924 from the bookseller, R.S. Frampton who was based at "Walton House", 37 Fonthill Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4. The bookseller's catalogue (No. 35), with several lot descriptions cut from it, was found in boxes containing Glaisher's valentines. For Frampton catalogue, see Valentinesarchive14. See also P.14345-R-4 - P.14345-R-10, for the other valentines in this group. The drawings were probably produced for S. Marks & Sons, who specialised in comic valentines during the 1850s. The artist, 'Brittain' is unknown.

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
Circa 1850 - Circa 1860

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Techniques used in production

Wash (grey)

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Accession number: P.14345-R-3
Primary reference Number: 214288
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Wednesday 3 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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