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Snake in the Grass: P.14345-R-52

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Current Location: In storage


Snake in the Grass
Valentine card


Publisher: S. Marks & Sons




Comic valentine entitled, "SNAKE IN THE GRASS". A hand-coloured woodcut on wove paper. Appears to have originally been folded to create an inside page, but the pages are now pasted together. In the foreground, a large scaly serpent surmounted with the head and shoulders of a gentleman wearing a top hat. Behind him a farmer and his wife, carrying a cudgel and pitchfork are wading through a crop of hay towards it. A printed verse below: "A Snake in the grass we all with horror view, / And such a creeping reptile now are you; / Deceit, and cunning to your aid you bring, / And even your dearest friends you oft would sting, / A thing like you by none can e'er be prized, / As creep along both hated and despised ; / And those who know you never would repine, / To see you crushed, you sneaking Valentine." Printed below the image at lower left: London S, Marks & Sons. See also P.14345-R-84.

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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
1850 - 1870

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Techniques used in production

Hand colouring

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Accession number: P.14345-R-52
Primary reference Number: 214337
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Wednesday 3 February 2021 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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