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Love's Offering: P.14349-R-34

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Current Location: In storage


Love's Offering
Valentine card


Publisher: Marcus Ward & Co.
Draughtsman: Greenaway, Kate (After)




A postcard-style valentine published by Marcus Ward & Co. with a border of black and gold and a pink dog-rose design. A chromolithograph, positioned off-centre to the right, shows a couple wearing 18th-century costume, collecting water lily flowers from a pond. The illustration is by Kate Greenaway (although unsigned) and appeared originally in a second volume of the anthology of love poetry, _The Quiver of Love - A Collection of Valentines Ancient and Modern_ which was published by Marcus Ward & Co. in 1880. A much larger volume of _The Quiver of Love - A Collection of Valentines Ancient and Modern_ with illustrations by both Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane, was published in 1876. In the 1880 volume, this illustration is positioned opposite the poem, _Love's Offering_, by A. Gaskell, which describes collecting water lilies from a stream. Printed at lower left corner: ENT. STA. HALL and at lower right corner: MARCUS WARD & CO. The book included three further illustrations by Greenaway, including _Spring Flowers_ , which was also reproduced as a valentine card. See P.14349-R-35, a valentine from the same series by Marcus Ward & Co. which is positioned on the same album leaf . See Frank Staff, _The Valentine and its Origins_, pp. 106-7.

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
Production date: circa AD 1880

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Accession number: P.14349-R-34
Primary reference Number: 214510
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Friday 26 January 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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