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Valentine card: P.14413-R-135

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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Designer: J.T. Wood & Co
Publisher: Dean & Son




A white cameo-embossed lace-paper front with a design of exotic palm trees and other plants flanking a temple gateway at the centre with an oval window through which is seen (from the inside right-hand page) a hand-painted background of pink and blue sky with hand-coloured embossed cut-paper figures of three cupids/putti on a plinth with blue coral, below which is a cut-paper and hand-coloured pink rose with stencilled leaves. A printed motto inside a shield ornament is affixed to the lace-paper front at upper centre: 'Oh / bid me live / in hope'. At the top of the inside right-hand page are hand-written verses in black ink: 'Louisa dearest how I Iove thee / words I cannot find to tell / but my heart is thine forever / Do not bid me [say] farewell. / Life without thee would be sorrow / at which I fear I should repine / Oh then dearest say tomorrow / you will be my Valentine / Henry'. Although the verse is addressed to a named recipient and signed, it was probably copied from a Valentine Writer with the relevant names inserted. 'WOOD' is stamped onto the lace-paper front at lower left. A square lozenge containing the stamp: 'DEAN & SON / LONDON' is stamped on the verso of the back paper.

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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

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Accession number: P.14413-R-135
Primary reference Number: 214984
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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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