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Greetings card

  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    2000-2005 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Llewelyn-Bowen, Laurence (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Double folded card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Christopher Wilk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 222

This humorous Christmas card is by British interior designer and television personality Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (born 1965). Llewelyn-Bowen is best known for his appearances on the BBC design make-over television programme Changing Rooms. After studying at Alleyn's School in Dulwich and graduating from Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in 1986 he went on to work for the Harefield Group of Companies (a specialist manufacturer of industrial flooring and doors) and the interior design firm Peter Leonard Associates. In 1989 Laurence started his own design consultancy and in 1996 he appeared on the first episode of Changing Rooms.

The design of this card reflects the flamboyant dandyish style with which he has become associated through his books and television appearances.

Physical description

Sealed with a sticker bearing the Llewelyn-Bowen insignia (a Welsh dragon) this double fold Christmas card has on the front a baroque chair, gifts and a candlestick in silhouette against a swirling, Celtic patterned background in tones of orange and pink. When opened the elaborate Baroque aesthetic is continued. Llewelyn-Bowen, who is accompanied by his wife and two daughters (again all in silhouette), can be seen gesturing dismissively as Santa Clause leaves the scene.

Place of Origin

England (printed)


2000-2005 (made)


Llewelyn-Bowen, Laurence (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Double folded card

Marks and inscriptions

"It may seem brutal but Christmas guests who don't look good with the new wallpaper really should be asked to leave"
Printed on the inside of the card running along the bottom of the image

Merry Christmas / love Jackie / Laurence x
Signed inside the card over the central image


Height: 21.9 cm closed, Width: 14.7 cm closed, Height: 21.9 cm open, Width: 29.5 cm

Descriptive line

Christmas card by Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen




Colour printing

Subjects depicted

Children; Candlestick; Candle; Glass; Chair; Gift


Christmas; Greeting cards


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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