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


Cruikshank, Robert (Printmaker)


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.

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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 1830

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Hand colouring Etching

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