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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    W.S. Fortey (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    lithography and wood engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Jane Samuels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 190

Physical description

Comic valentine depicting a coiled snake with the head of a gentleman wearing a top hat, and the caption 'Beware of the Snake in the Grass'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)


ca. 1860-1870 (made)


W.S. Fortey (printers)

Materials and Techniques

lithography and wood engraving

Marks and inscriptions

W. S. FORTEY, Printer, Great St. Andrew Street, Bloomsbury, London, W. C.
Beware of the Snake in the Grass

Descriptive line

Comic valentine depicting a man-headed snake, published by W. S. Fortey, British, ca. 1860-1870

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).
Comic Valentines (8). c. 1880.
Colour lithographs. Various sizes.
E. 1616-1623-1929.

Given by Miss Jane Samuels.'




Lithography; Wood engraving

Subjects depicted

Snake; Top hat; Gentleman


Romance; Greeting cards

Collection code


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