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Funeral card

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    April 1776 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs C. E. L. Cowan

  • Museum number:

    E.235-1953

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 68, box BII

Physical description

Funeral card with a design incoporating various symbols and memento mori imagery. The card is lettered with the invitation at the centre of the design. On either side stand the figures of a skeleton (Death) drawing a bow and three arrows and an elderly winged man (Time) holding an hour glass. Behind them is a black drape supported by two cherubs. At the bottom of the design is a funeral scene depicting mourners gathered round a tomb. At the head of the design is a coat of arms.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)

Date

April 1776 (printed)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Engraving

Marks and inscriptions

'Sir You are desired to Accompany the Funeral of Mrs. Rebecca Hale from Her late dwelling House at Lowlaten to the Parish Church of Totteridge on Saturday the 20th of April 1776 at Nine a Clock in the morning'
Lettered and inscribed in ink within the design

'The Coach to Attend at Half past Seven a Clock in the morning'
Inscribed in ink along the bottom

'Mr. Parle No.100 Upper Thames Street'
Inscribed on the back

Dimensions

Height: 20 cm, Width: 27.9 cm

Descriptive line

Invitation card for the funeral of Mrs Rebecca Hale, engraving, English, 1776.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1953 . London: HMSO, 1963.

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Death; Cherubs; Man; Coat of arms; Hour glass; Tomb; Arrows; Skeleton; Bow

Categories

Death; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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