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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Publisher: Mansell, Joseph




A framed valentine. We know from letters written by Glaisher to Catherine Parsons that she encouraged him to frame at least one of his valentines (Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 939-1985, 12th April 1925, letter to Miss Catherine Parsons: 'I quite agree about the Acton one in its box & about framing the pearl one …'.) and P.14615-R is one of four framed valentines in the Glaisher bequest. A 'frame' of gilt and white cameo-embossed lace-paper featuring an archway with lovers, cornucopia and putti, is mounted with paper springs onto a front of white lace-paper. The putti garlanding the archway at upper centre is partially hand coloured. A central oval window contains a Baxter-process print by Joseph Mansell, who was a licensee of the George Baxter colour printing process from around 1850. The print is composed of a 'key' plate of aquatint with stippling and woodblock colour printing overlaid. The image of a couple walking in a garden, the lady wearing flounced crinoline skirts and an ostrich feather in her hat, is one of a series of six images produced by Mansell featuring a courting couple and known as 'Progress of a Courtship'. This particular image is known as 'Courting Days'. See, _A Pictorial Catalogue of Joseph Mansell's Baxter Process Prints_, compiled by Michael Martin, Brian Lawrence, Roger Smith for the New Baxter Society, 2006, Sheet 20 - Progress of a Courtship, reproduced no. 76, 'Courting Days', p. 36.

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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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Baxter-process print
Hand colouring

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Accession number: P.14615-R
Primary reference Number: 215560
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Wednesday 3 February 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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