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Christmas card - The second Christmas card
  • The second Christmas card
    Egley, William Maw, born 1826 - died 1916
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The second Christmas card

  • Object:

    Christmas card

  • Place of origin:

    Uk (made)

  • Date:

    1848 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Egley, William Maw, born 1826 - died 1916 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. H J Deane

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Christmas card depicting a ballroom scene on one side and a Christmas dinner on the other side, separated by a Harlequin and Columbine dancing above a swagged banner reading "MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU". Beneath these are scenes of poor people queueing up for soup and some men walking in cold weather. The image is an etching.

Place of Origin

Uk (made)


1848 (made)


Egley, William Maw, born 1826 - died 1916 (made)


Width: 4.75 in, Height: 3.25 in

Object history note

E.11 and 12-1940 are the preliminary drawing and finished design for a Christmas card. E.13-1940 is the etching made by the artist after this design. The card was claimed by the artist in his 1935 catalogue to be the second Christmas card produced in England.

Descriptive line

Etching by William Maw Egley (1826-1916) for 'The second Christmas card', 1848.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Charles Dickens: An exhibition to celebrate the centenary of his death London: HMSO, 1970. P.59. Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, June-September 1970.






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