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Christmas card

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1964 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hartnell, Norman (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mixed media collage on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr David Williams

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2C, shelf GG, box 86

This Christmas card is one of a group made by Queen Elizabeth II's couturier Norman Hartnell and sent to Bob, a friend of the donor, over a period of twenty years. Richly beaded and jewelled, the cards reflect the elaborate ornamentation that was a feature of Hartnell's dress designs.

Physical description

Rectangular folder card (portrait format). Mixed media collage on the front of the card with a blue and gold star design against a pale blue background.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1964 (made)


Hartnell, Norman (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Mixed media collage on card

Marks and inscriptions

Wishing You / a / Merry Christmas / and a / Happy New Year / from
Lettered in gold inside the card

To Bob / Norman. / 1964
Handwritten in blue ink inside the card


Height: 19 cm, Width: 12.6 cm closed, Width: 25.2 cm open

Descriptive line

Christmas card by Norman Hartnell


Card; Beads; Sequins; Cloth


Collage; Embroidery; Beading

Subjects depicted



Greeting cards; Christmas; Embroidery; Fashion; Collages


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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