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Valentine card: P.14416-R-82

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Publisher: Unknown




A comic valentine. A hand-coloured lithograph on white wove paper. A brass, candle-holder holds a lit candle which is printed with the motto: 'NOURISH THE / FLAME OF LOVE'. Resting on the base of the candle-holder is a pair of snuffers (the box would hold the trimmed wicks) and an extinguisher with hanging loop. The extinguisher has a remnant of applied paper at the tip, which suggests that the card may have originally included a moveable part. On the left, a small, skirted putto tries to catch a pink butterfly from behind an oil lamp with a flower-patterned ceramic base and on the right, another small skirted putto looks into a glass filled with liquid and a containing a spoon. A comic verse is printed at lower centre: 'Like this taper brightly burning / In my heart young love doth smoulder; / Extinguish not my hopes by spurning, / Nor snuff my love with the cold shoulder.'. The back paper is missing.

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 1840 - Circa 1850

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Techniques used in production

Hand colouring

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14416-R-82
Primary reference Number: 215227
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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

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