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The Valentine Number of Bow Bells: P.14342-R-L1

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The Valentine Number of Bow Bells
Valentine supplement


Dicks, John (Publisher)
After Claxton, Adelaide (Draughtsman)


Loose inside album P.14342-R between P.14342-R-65 and P.14342-R-66. The front page of the Valentine supplement of the periodical, _Bow Bells_, dated March 1, 1870. This title-page lithograph features a scene around a post-box of ladies and gentlemen attempting to post their valentines in secret all at once. Cupids/putti fly around the sky catching swirling valentines and at lower centre, a series of putti/Cupids pull on a ribbon to tie it into a bow. Printed at upper right: [BOW BELLS VALENTINE SUPPLEMENT, MARCH 1, 1870. Printed at lower centre and lower right: [Drawn by Adelaide Claxton.] / A.C.. Printed along the left edge: EXTRA VALENTINE NUMBER OF BOW BELLS. Price One penny [L]ondon: Printed and Published by [J]OHN DI[CK]S, at the Office [?], Strand. On the verso is an article entitled: ST. VALENTINE'S DAY., p.2 of the supplement. Glaisher mentions this supplement in a letter to Catherine Parsons during the period in which she is arranging his valentine albums: 'I had seen what I took to be the wrapper of the Bow Bells supplement on Valentines, but had not turned it over (was it stuck down, I wonder?).'. Fitzwilliam Museum archive, MS 951-1985, 30th May, 1925, letter to Miss Catherine Parsons.

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Bequeathed by Dr J. W. L. Glaisher, 1928

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Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


19th century
Production date: AD 1870-03-01

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Letterpress Lithography

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Accession number: P.14342-R-L1
Primary reference Number: 214521
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Tuesday 1 October 2019 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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