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Valentine card: P.14407-R

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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Publisher: Mansell, Joseph




A small card (just slightly larger than 64mo) of embossed and lace-paper designed as an envelope where a cut-paper male hand places a ring on the finger of a cut-paper female hand. When these are pulled apart, the 'envelope' opens to reveal an embossed and die-cut card with gilded detail and hand-coloured cut-paper flowers and foliage with a central lithographed image in blue ink of a broken blue and white Wedgewood 'wiillow pattern' plate with verse printed above and below: "To shew our esteem for your merits so great, / We present you dear sir with a small piece of plate.". MANSELL stamped on verso. This card almost certainly relates to a sheet of headed notepaper printed with the name and address of the Actons of Brighton, a dealer from whom Glaisher purchased ceramics and which is affixed to the album leaf opposite. See P.14411-R-49. In fact, the arrival from Actons of this 'Wedgewood' valentine and a valentine on the subject of crinolines is documented in a letter from Glaisher to Miss Catherine Parsons: 'The enclosed came this morning & explain themselves. They seem to me worth having. Though the Wedgewood one does not much impress me, I like the crinoline one. ... I am sending the valentines by the 4 o'clock OM [Omnibus]. I will write & tell Miss Acton I am sending them to you to see.'. Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 910-1985, 6 December, 1924, letter to Miss Catherine Parsons.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. 56.

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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
1860 - 1870

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Hand colouring

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Accession number: P.14407-R
Primary reference Number: 214572
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Tuesday 27 March 2018 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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