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Valentine card: P.14583-R

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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


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A 32mo-size valentine of white embossed paper (as lace) with a central hand-coloured lithograph of a pair of lovers in a woodland glen. The gentleman seated, his arm around the shoulders of the woman and his top hat placed on a rock to his left. A lithographed verse above and below the image: 'I heed not the eye that rolls like the sun / But give me the look that's but given to one; / Give me love that is deep as the boundless Sea, / And I'll think and I'll dream of no other but thee!'. A sheet of very thin, coated paper has been folded and one side pasted to the verso, the other functioning as the back paper. The interior is blank. P.14583-R was contained along with seven other valentines inside a brown envelope addressed to, 'Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge, England', a return address given at upper left: 'From / ?L[Z?].M. Franklin / 104 West 39th St[reet] / Baltimore'. In a letter to Catherine Parsons dated 28 June 1925 and sent from the Sackville Hotel in Bexhill-on-Sea, Glaisher states: 'I had a visit from Mr Franklin of Baltimore on Tuesday'. [956-1985; Fitzwilliam Museum Archive, letter dated 28 June 1925, from J.W.L. Glaisher to Miss Catherine Parsons]. There is no further discussion of who Mr Franklin is, but Glaisher presumably knew him through his friend, the American mathematician, Professor William Woolsey Johnson (1841-1927) of Baltimore whom he visited on many occasions from the 1880s up to 1916. 'L.M.' or 'Z.M.' Franklin may have been an art dealer or second-hand book-seller whom Glaisher met during his trips to Baltimore. Julia Poole has documented Glaisher's friendship with Johnson and his trips to America. See Poole's essay, 'Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, The making of a great collection', in Michael Archer, _Delftware in the Fitzwilliam Museum_ (2013), p. xvi and n. 25, p. xxvi. See also P.14584-R, P.14585-R, P.14586-R, P.14587-R, P.14588-R, P.14589-R, P.14590-R.

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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.14583-R
Primary reference Number: 215528
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Tuesday 10 July 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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