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Valentine card: P.14405-R

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Valentine card


Publisher: Mansell, Joseph




A 'raised' valentine created on a lace-paper front sheet with a frame of embossed and silvered lace-paper (silver is tarnished, creating a rainbow effect) mounted with paper springs. A further frame of die-cut embossed and silvered lace-paper, to appear as a grotto with shells in the design, is attached to the first frame with paper springs. Embossed and hand-coloured Cupid figures are attached to the frame at lower centre. A gold-framed medallion at upper centre containing a lithographed (as handwritten) verse in blue ink: "Oh I would win thee / as my bride / and have thee ever / at my side." A flower bouquet viewed through the frames created by a collage of gold and silver tinsel flowers with red bead centres and leaves of gold and silver tinsel tied with a white satin ribbon. A hand-written verse on the inside right-hand page: "[?Then] blithe thou breath'st the morning air remember me / And think how gladly would I share its streets with thee ...". MANSELL stamped on the lace-paper front sheet (viewed from verso). Watermark: [..?] W GOOD / 1857. This card was included in the exhibition of valentine cards, _For ever thine: the nineteenth century valentine_, held in the Charrington Print Room at the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1995, no. 49.

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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: circa AD 1857

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Hand colouring

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Accession number: P.14405-R
Primary reference Number: 214570
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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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