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Valentine card: P.14412-R-43

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Valentine card


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Valentine with moving part. Hand-coloured lithograph on 32mo-size white wove paper with an embossed border. An artist sits on a stool in front of an easel, painting with a brush held in his right hand, his palette held in his left. A printed verse below: "I will not ask your doubtful skill, / I a portrait send of you, / They all are truths, this letter fill, / Both words and drawing too." When the tab is pulled, the artist's head moves up and down. The cutting out of the lithographed head is very roughly done. The inside pages are blank. A partial embossed stamp at lower left: "wi [...]". From a series of moveable valentines which were possibly made by Windsor & Sons (the same mark is seen on another example from the same series, P.14360-R). The Glaisher collection contains six of these, four of which are mounted inside album P.14412-R on the same or adjacent album leaf. The other two were included in the 1995 Fitzwilliam exhibition, _For ever thine: the nineteenth century valentine_, but were originally mounted inside P.14412-R with the other cards from the series.

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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
Circa 1850 - Circa 1860

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Hand colouring Lithography

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14412-R-43
Primary reference Number: 214767
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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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