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Valentine card: P.14428-R

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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Publisher: Dobbs, Henry




A large 8vo-size valentine of cream wove paper with an embossed border of leaves and corners featuring putti playing musical instruments or playing with Cupid's bow and with hand-painted edge in pink. The banners below each scene are painted in gold leaf. A central embossed vignette of trees with Cupid, doves and shrine with flaming hearts and Hymen's flaming torch and a handwritten verse in black ink: 'When far away you distant / be [sic] pray look on this / and think of me'. Areas of the embossed designs are hand-painted with gold leaf and a border of hand-drawn leaves in gold with hand-painted red bows surrounds the central embossed scene. A motto is drawn in gold ink below: 'Constancy'. At upper and lower centre are hand-painted designs of red and bllue flowers and leaves with gold detail. Hand-drawn emblems of crossed arrows and hearts are found at upper left and right and lower centre. 'DOBBS' is stamped at lower centre. Inside is another handwritten verse: 'By words I cannot my love / discribe [sic] / Therefore I leave my / actions to express that love / Dear Hester'. The name and address, postmarks and sealing wax are found on the verso. The valentine has been folded several times for delivery: 'Hester Miles / 35 Bucklersbury / Cheapside / City [London]'. The postmark stamped in red ink seems to indicate a date of February 1830. P.14392-R is another valentine of a similar style by Henry Dobbs which is addressed to the same recipient (although apparently to 'Esther' Miles) and postmarked 1829.

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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: AD 1830

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Pen and ink

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Accession number: P.14428-R
Primary reference Number: 215465
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Friday 26 January 2018 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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