Skip to main content

Valentine card: P.14414-R-105

An image of Valentine card

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Printmaker: Gilks, Edward




A tinted lithograph with hand colouring on white wove paper. The lithographed colours are blue, green, red, lilac and a small amount of gold on the fairy's wings with additional hand colouring of pink for the skin of the fairy and the sleeping figure. A lithographed roundel in gold ink, with scrolling design around the lower half enclosing the verse down the left side, and lithographed medallion in gold ink at lower centre. The roundel contains a tinted lithograph representing the moment that the sleeping Endymion is visited by the moon godess, Selene (represented here as a winged fairy). A verse on the theme of the Greek myth of Endymion is lithographed below: 'On the green sward sleeping / Young Endymion lay, / Dian, all things sleeping, / With her silver ray ...'. Signed below the roundel, lower left: 'E. Gilks, del & lith.'. The interior is blank. As Gilks emigrated to Australia in 1852, this design is most likely either to have been produced during Gilks's apprenticeship in London to Thomas Dean, between 1836-1843 or between 1844-1850 when he was in partnership with his brother Thomas, a wood-engraver, based at 4 Fenchurch Building, Fenchurch, London. The hand-coloured areas of P.14414-R-105 were produced as lithograph in subsequent versions of this card. See P.14346-R-39 and P.14414-R-L10 to which a lace-paper front with central window is attached and which appears to be a final version of the design. P.14414-R-105 is one of a number of designs for valentines by Gilks which are mounted together as a group in album P.14414-R. Other designs by Gilks are contained in album P.14346-R.

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
Circa 1836 - Circa 1852

School or Style


Techniques used in production

Hand colouring

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14414-R-105
Primary reference Number: 215096
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Friday 26 January 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Valentine card" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-03-04 16:22:24

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Valentine card |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-03-04 16:22:24|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="Valentine card"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Valentine card</figcaption>

More objects and works of art you might like

Valentine card

Accession Number: P.14591-R

Valentine card

Accession Number: P.14583-R

Valentine card

Accession Number: P.14342-R-65

Valentine card

Accession Number: P.14349-R-2

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...