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Return of Happiness: P.14346-R-59

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Current Location: In storage


Return of Happiness
Valentine card


Publisher: Unknown




A hand-coloured lithograph on pink-tinted laid paper with red edging. A vignette of a young woman in a pink dress holding a letter in her left hand and standing beside a tree. A church can be seen in the background to the left. The title below: RETURN OF HAPPINESS, printed on a scroll with an arrow inside it and a printed verse: "The heart that long in secret woe / Has borne loves arrow rankling there / Now raised by hopes deceptive glow / Now sinking into dull despair ...". The verse is bordered by the stems and flowers of the Lily of the Valley plant, with LILLY [sic] OF THE VAL[LEY] printed below the verse at lower centre, a representation of Cupid's bow obscuring some of the text. The inside pages are blank. From a series. Another example of this design printed onto yellow-tinted paper is held at the Museum of London: 34.170/936. It has been dated, 1860-1880. See also: P.14346-R-58; P.14346-R-60; P.14346-R-61 and P.14346-R-62.

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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
Circa 1860 - 1880

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Techniques used in production

Hand colouring

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14346-R-59
Primary reference Number: 214445
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Friday 26 January 2018 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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