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Valentine card: P.14345-R-84

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Current Location: In storage

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Valentine card

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Description

Comic Valentine. Tinted lithograph, printed in black and red ink on a long sheet of folded thin, wove paper in a format known as a 'long comic'. A grotesque image of a woman with a snake's head appearing from her mouth and a snake's body instead of legs and feet below. A printed verse below: "Old gal, I'm pretty wide awake, and I'm not going to wed a snake, / To marry thee I'd be an ass, you ugly reptile on the grass." The style and subject of this Valentine is comparable with examples held by Grosvenor Prints, 19 Shelton Street, London WC2H 9JN [http://www.grosvenorprints.com/stock.php?keyword=Valentines&WADbSearch1=Submit&cat_id=21&cat_select=488] which are dated c.1870. The theme of the Valentine as a 'snake in the grass' is seen in another example: P.14345-R-52, which shows a male figure in the role. The subject seems to have been quite common.

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

Dating

19th century
Probably 1870 - 1880

School or Style

British

Techniques used in production

Lithography

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14345-R-84
Primary reference Number: 214369
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Wednesday 3 February 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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