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Two Turtle Doves

  • Object:

    Greetings card

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (designed)
    Britain (issued)

  • Date:

    2007 (designed)
    2007 (issued)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bell, Cressida (artist)
    Art Fund (issuer)
    Art Fund Services (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithography on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Ritblat

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 221

This Christmas card was issued by The Art Fund in 2007 to raise funds and was sent to Sir John and Lady Ritblat who subsequently donated it to the Museum. It reproduces a 2000 design by Cressida Bell. Cressida Bell is a British designer and illustrator specialising in textiles and interiors whose decorative style attests to the influence of her Bloomsbury Group forebears (her father was Quentin Bell and her grandmother Vanessa Bell).

Physical description

Rectangular (portrait format) folded (left hand edge) textured white card. On the front: colour image in red, black and cream depicting two turtle doves sitting on a nest of decorated eggs, one dove holding an olive branch, against a night sky decorated with stars. Inside: printed and handwritten greetings. On the back: printed information, thumbnail of the front image and logo of The Art Fund.

Place of Origin

Britain (designed)
Britain (issued)


2007 (designed)
2007 (issued)


Bell, Cressida (artist)
Art Fund (issuer)
Art Fund Services (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Lithography on card

Marks and inscriptions

'Cressida Bell'
Signed within the image

'With Best Wishes for / Christmas and the New Year'
Printed in grey inside

'John and Jill, / Colin / (and all at Charleston!)'
Handwritten in black ink inside

Handwritten tick in pencil inside, top right corner

'Sold in aid of The Art Fund / We are an independent charity committed to saving / art for everyone to enjoy. Since we began in 1903, / we have helped to save over 860, 000 works of art. / For more information, please call 0870 848 2003 / www.artfund.org / Printed on board from a sustainable forest source / Registered charity 209174 Design © Art Fund Services 2007 / 648 / Cressida Bell / Two Turtle Doves, 2000 / © the artist'
Printed on the back in pink, black and grey


Height: 17.2 cm, Width: 12.3 cm folded, Width: 24.6 cm open

Descriptive line

Greetings card, 'Two Turtle Doves' by Cressida Bell, Britain, 2000, issued as a Christmas card by The Art Fund, Britain, 2007.

Production Note

Image created in 2000





Subjects depicted

Eggs; Turtle doves; Olive branches; Nests; Stars


Greeting cards; Christmas


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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