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An Old Woman Come to the Altar of Hymen to Buy Young Husband: P.14410-R-32

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Titles

An Old Woman Come to the Altar of Hymen to Buy Young Husband
Valentine card

Maker(s)

Cruikshank, Robert (Printmaker)

Description

This etching is attributed to Robert Cruikshank. Etching with hand-colouring on one sheet of white wove paper. Central image within an oval etched frame of an old woman kneeling beside two large bags of money (£20,000 + £10,000) imploring a young gentleman who stands beside the figure of Hymen. Engraved verse around the central frame: "Young Hymen dreads not Love's Alarms, / When Age has Thirty Thousand Charms". An engraved outer border design of garlands of flowers, quivers of arrows, bows and a flaming torch. The title is printed on a fringed swag at lower centre: AN OLD WOMAN, COME TO / THE ALTAR OF HYMEN, TO / BUY A YOUNG HUSBAND. 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. 10. A graphite number "10" is written onto the album leaf in the lower right-hand corner, which corresponds to the numbering of the catalogue.

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

Dating

19th century
Production date: circa AD 1830

School or Style

British

Techniques used in production

Hand colouring Etching

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14410-R-32
Primary reference Number: 214607
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Friday 26 January 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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