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Valentine card: P.14412-R-6

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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Publisher: Unknown




Comic valentine on the subject of the crinoline. 18mo-size white wove paper with embossed border and hand-coloured wood engraving of a lady wearing a crinoline with a flounced yellow skirt. A printed verse below: "Flounces frills and furbelows, / Attract tis' true the many, / But I'd rather pay my vows, / To one of sense if any.". The inside pages are blank. Mounted on the same album leaf as other similar cards in the same lithographic style and the drawing apparently by the hand of the same artist, all of the same size and relating to the subject of crinolines. It seems quite likely that the series of valentines on the subject of crinolines which are mounted together in album P.14412-R were purchased by Glaisher from the Actons of Brighton in 1924. In a letter to Miss Catherine Parsons dated 19th November 1924, Glaisher states: 'I am enclosing some valentines sent me on appro [approval] from Miss Acton of Brighton: they are 3/- each or £2.10 for the lot. They all relate to the crinoline period 1860 ... There are some duplicates tht [that] you could relieve me of if I take the set which may be the best to do.'. Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 905-1985, 19th November, 1924, letter to Miss Catherine Parsons.

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


19th Century
Probably 1850 - 1860

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Techniques used in production

Hand colouring
Wood engraving

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14412-R-6
Primary reference Number: 214730
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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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