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  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash, red chalk and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 10D

This is a design for an engraved card from about 1750. The card may have been used as an invitation, a bond or a certificate. It would depend on the inscription printed within the cartouche. We do not know who the artist was, but the design is typical of the 'Rococo' style popular at the time. The presence of the ancient Roman goddesses Ceres and Pomona, together with the bales of corn, barrels, fruit and flowers, suggest that the person who ordered the card was connected to agricultural commerce, presumably in the town depicted in the shield. It is rare for a design for printed ephemera to have survived from the 18th century.

Physical description

Design for a card in the form of a cartouche, on paper. Mounted to cream card with watercolour wash lines.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


ca. 1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash, red chalk and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Sir A. Heal'
On back, left; Pen and ink


Height: 15 cm, Width: 18.7 cm

Descriptive line

Design for a printed card in pen and ink on paper, showing the Roman goddesses Ceres and Pomona alongside agricultural products. Unknown artist, about 1750.


Pen and ink; Wash; Red chalk; Pencil



Subjects depicted

Putti; Trade; Graphic design; Cartouches; Certificates


Designs; Trade cards


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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