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Preparatory drawing for a comic valentine: P.14345-R-9

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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 figure depicted is a woman, facing left who wears a bonnet with feathers and who has a prominent nose and lips. Her skirts are above ankle-length. 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. See Valentinesarchive14. See also P.14345-R-3 - P.14345-R-8 and 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.

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)

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14345-R-9
Primary reference Number: 214294
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Friday 26 January 2018 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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