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Valentine - The Barometer of Love

The Barometer of Love

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1845 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)
    Dobbs (maker of lace paper, made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    paper lace, collage and pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Jane Samuels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2B, shelf SH63, box GG67

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Physical description

Valentine's card, depicting a 'Barometer of Love' in which the thermometer goes from 'Esteem' to 'Friendship' to 'Love' to 'Enrapture, Unity and Bliss'. The barometer is collaged from scraps of paper and foiled paper, and is surrounded by a wreath of brightly coloured flowers made from printed or painted scraps. The card has a background of paper lace.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


ca. 1845 (made)


Unknown (production)
Dobbs (maker of lace paper, made)

Materials and Techniques

paper lace, collage and pen and ink

Marks and inscriptions

My spirit hath an atmosphere / That's ruled by Thee alone / 'Tis ever sunshine when thou't near / And cloudiness when gone!
Changeable - Never / Set Fair - Never to be separated / Sunny - within the radiance of your smiles / Cloudy - Absent from the one I love

Descriptive line

Valentine, 'Barometer of Love', paper lace, collage and pen and ink, British, ca. 1845

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.
The full text of the record is as follows:

'ANONYMOUS (Valentines).
Valentines (55) and envelopes (2). c. 1845-1870
Paper lace, fabric appliqué etc. Various sizes.
E. 1548-1604-1929.

Given by Miss Jane Samuels.'

Associated names



Paper; Paper lace



Subjects depicted

Flowers; Barometer


Greeting cards; Romance

Collection code


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