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Valentine card: P.14532-R

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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Publisher: Kershaw, George




A valentine of cream wove paper with embossed border on the recto (as lace). A verse is written in black ink on the central panel: 'I do not ask to offer thee / A timid love like mine, / I lay it as the rose is laid / On some immortal shrine / I have no hope in loving thee / I only ask - to love, / I brood upon my silent heart / As on its nest, the dove'. A second verse is written in the same hand on the inside right-hand page: 'But little have I been beloved / Sad, silent and alone / And yet I feel in loving thee / The wide world is mine own. / Thine is the name I breathe to Heaven / Thy face is on my sleep / I only ask that love like this / My pray for thee, and weep.'. The card blank is by Kershaw: 'KERSHAW' stamped on the recto at lower right. The valentine has been folded twice.

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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

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Accession number: P.14532-R
Primary reference Number: 215477
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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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