Skip to main content

Valentine card: P.14346-R-39

An image of Valentine card

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Printmaker: Gilks, Edward




A tinted lithograph in blue, green, red, pink, gold and lilac inks on white wove paper. There are dots of pink hand colouring on the cheeks of both figures. A lithographed roundel in gold ink, with scrolling design around the lower half enclosing the verse down the left side, and lithographed medallion in gold ink at lower centre. The roundel contains a tinted lithograph representing the moment that the sleeping Endymion is visited by the moon godess, Selene (represented here as a winged fairy). A verse on the theme of the Greek myth of Endymion is printed below: 'On the green sward sleeping / Young Endymion lay, / Dian, all things sleeping, / With her silver ray ...'. Signed below the roundel, lower left: 'E. Gilks, del & lith.'. As Gilks emigrated to Australia in 1852, this design is most likely to have been produced either during Gilks's apprenticeship in London to Thomas Dean, between 1836-1843 or between 1844-1850 when he was in partnership with his brother Thomas, a wood-engraver, based at 4 Fenchurch Building, Fenchurch, London. The interior is blank. The distribution of lithographic tint in P.14346-R-39 is closely comparable to another example of the same design, P.14414-R-L10 to which a lace-paper front with central window is attached and which appears to be a final version of the design. P.14414-R-105 is another version of this design where the flesh of the figures is hand-coloured without lithograph and where the lilac lithographic tint on the wings and robe of the fairy is more extensive and intense. From a series of lithographed valentines and valentine designs by Gilks mounted together in album P.14346-R. Other valentine designs by Gilks are contained in album P.14414-R.

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
1836 - 1852

School or Style


Techniques used in production


Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14346-R-39
Primary reference Number: 214425
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Wednesday 3 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Valentine card" Web page available at: Accessed: 2022-09-30 22:53:37

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Valentine card |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-09-30 22:53:37|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="Valentine card"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Valentine card</figcaption>

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

Valentine card

Accession Number: P.14591-R

Valentine card

Accession Number: P.14343-R-68

Valentine card

Accession Number: P.14349-R-11

Valentine card

Accession Number: P.14583-R

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...