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Valentine card: P.14418-R-47

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Publisher: Unknown




White lace-paper front mounted with a smaller rectangular 'frame' of embossed silver and white lace-paper on paper springs which are now all stuck down. A small chromolithographed paper butterfly is affixed to the 'frame' at upper centre. A central oval window contains a chromolithograph of a snowy scene of a cottage with trees to left and right. Mounted at lower centre is a paper ornament of an open book with chromolithographed centre and decorative gilt detail with printed verse: 'All the world I'll resign / If thou'lt only be mine'. Affixed below is a chromolithographed scrap of a partially-draped young boy carrying a corn sheaf over his left shoulder and a sickle in his right hand. Scraps of flower sprays are affixed at the four corners of the white lace-paper. The lace-paper front is adhered to the back paper. A hand-written inscription in graphite on the album leaf above: '1868', which is probably a transcription of a date found on the verso of the valentine prior to mounting into the album. The hand is recognisable as that of Miss Catherine Parsons and is seen in other albums throughout the collection, documenting and transcribing inscriptions, prices and maker's names. Catherine Parsons was a close friend of Glaisher towards the end of his life and undertook to arrange and mount his valentine collection into albums from the Autumn of 1924 through to the Summer of the following year and beyond.

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
Production date: AD 1868

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14418-R-47
Primary reference Number: 215395
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Monday 29 May 2017 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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