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Valentine card: P.14412-R-86

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Valentine card


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Small 48mo playing-card-style 'men and flowers' themed comic valentine with a die-stamped 'lace' edge. A chromolithograph with rounded corners affixed to the centre of 'lace'-edged white card, features a miniature gentleman wearing sober black morning coat and high-necked collar. He has a melancholy expression on his face and holds the stem of a passion flower, which entwines around him. A scrap affixed above with the motto: CHEER / UP. From a series featuring men with flowers or as hybrid flowers and one of seven mounted in album P.14412-R. P.14374-R and P.14361-R were also originally mounted here. The quality of the art-work in this series is high, although neither the artist nor the manufacturer are known. Almost certainly originally contained inside a cream envelope found loose on the same leaf of the album and inscribed in hand-written black ink: "Flower type / c. 184-" and "8" written in blue crayon. The envelope possibly originated with a dealer who was sending Glaisher valentines on approval. An inscription in graphite on the same album leaf at lower centre: "c. 184-", relates to the inscription on the loose envelope.

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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
1840 - 1850

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Techniques used in production

Chromolithography Collage

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14412-R-86
Primary reference Number: 214810
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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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