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Valentine card: P.14414-R-129

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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Publisher: Unknown




A lithographed letterhead printed in black ink on a large 4to-size sheet of white wove paper, which is damaged at the upper left corner and mounted onto a slightly larger sheet of buff-coloured paper. The letterhead illustration features an outdoor scene with various valentine emblems, such as a large flaming heart containing a house presented by Hymen (with flaming torch) and Cupid (with bow). A fountain is seen in the distance and a pair of clasped hands at centre right. A large printed letter 'M' at centre left would presumably have been the first letter of either printed or hand-written verse or the first letter of the recipient's name. A lithographed verse printed onto a piece of folded white wove paper is affixed below: 'On St Valentine's day I hasten to prove / To thee, my beloved; this remembrance of Love; / Though little indeed can a trifle impart, / Of a Love undivided possessing my heart.'.

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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
Production date: circa AD 1840

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Accession number: P.14414-R-129
Primary reference Number: 215120
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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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