Skip to main content

Valentine card: P.14414-R-112

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


Designer: Gilks, Edward
Publisher: attributed to




Design for a valentine. Drawing in pen and black ink with watercolour on a small sheet of white wove paper which is mounted onto a slightly larger sheet of cream wove paper. A shell sail boat containing a pair of lovers is blown along by Cupid who flies behind. A hand-written verse in brown ink below: 'Over a sunlit sea / my Love! / Come sail, come sail with me / my Love! / a pearly shell / will bear us well / and pleasant it will be / my Love! ...'. '12' is written in brown ink at the upper right corner in the same hand as the verse. An embossed stamp of a shield at upper left. An inscription in graphite is written onto the secondary support at lower centre (presumably by the artist): 'M.S. by _E.G._'. The initials 'E.G.' stand for British lithographer, Edward Gilks. This design was produced as a hand-coloured lithograph as seen in P.14414-R-113, which probably represents the finished valentine as the border of the paper has been embossed. P.14414-R-112 is mounted with a group of designs for valentines by Gilks in album P.14414-R. As Gilks emigrated to Australia in 1852, this design is most likely to have been produced either during Gilks's apprenticeship in London to Thomas Dean, between 1836 and 1843 or between 1844 and 1850 when he was in partnership with his brother Thomas, a wood-engraver, based at 4 Fenchurch Building, Fenchurch, London. 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

Pen and ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14414-R-112
Primary reference Number: 215103
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: 2024-05-20 00:00:10

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=2024-05-20 00:00:10|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>

Sign up for updates

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