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To my Valentine: P.14604-R

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Current Location: In storage


To my Valentine
A boxed valentine


Publisher: Tuck, Raphael




A boxed valentine in an original Raphael Tuck box with lid. Heavy cream wove paper with an embossed and chromolithographed design of pink roses and forget-me-nots in a basket at lower centre and a scene of a bridal couple in 18th-century costume in a landscape above, speckled with gold ink. A blue ribbon with a textile pink rose on a stem and a gold 'wedding ring', is tied through the card at centre left. 'With love' is embossed in blue ink at lower right with a verse printed in gold ink below: 'Fair days / and happy hours / Be yours through / all the Seasons'. Inside, a double sheet of white wove paper is tied into the card with the blue ribbon. On the left-hand inside page; a lithographed image of two birds building a nest. On the right-hand inside page; a lithographed verse: 'TO MY / VALENTINE / Lady of my delight, / Although I am half afraid / To whisper a hope that it with us still, / I sing you my serenade: / "Joy is again on the wing, / And this happy heart of mine / Takes courage anew with sweet thoughts of you / On the morn of St. Valentine!" '. The verso is speckled with gold ink. Printed on the verso, the trademark symbol of artist's easel and palette and below: 'Raphel Tuck & Sons, Ltd. / Publishers to the King and Queen / Copyright London. / The GOLDEN AGE Series PRODUCED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM'. The 'by Royal Appointment' notice dates the card to after 1893. The valentine is contained inside a shallow white cardboard box with lid, the lower half of which bears a Raphael Tuck printed label on the verso: 'MY VALENTINE / DESIGNED AND PRODUCED BY / RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS LTD / NO. 16'. The lid of the box is affixed with a white address label with printed address: 'Dr. J.W.L. GLAISHER, / TRINITY COLLEGE, / CAMBRIDGE', with postmarked stamp of 'three half pence' bearing head of George V. P.14609-R is another boxed Raphel Tuck valentine from the same series.

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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: circa AD 1920

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Applied textile

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Accession number: P.14604-R
Primary reference Number: 215549
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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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