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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Publisher: J.T. Wood & Co




Comic valentine. 18mo-size white wove paper with embossed border and hand-coloured woodcut of a woman wearing a short crinoline skirt, with applied textile, which is slipped in through a slit in the paper from the verso. The textile lifts up to show the crinoline hoop and the woman's drawers. A printed verse below: "Ears like Donkey, Eyes like cat / To be genteel, you are too fat / While there's another in the land / I'll never claim your mutton hand.". The inside pages are blank. "WOOD" embossed at lower left. Similar to other cards by J.T. Wood with applied textile mounted nearby in the same album. See P.14412-R-12 and P.14412-R-19. 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

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14412-R-39
Primary reference Number: 214763
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Friday 26 January 2018 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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