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Greetings card
  • Greetings card
    John Callcott Horsley, born 1817 - died 1903
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Greetings card

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (published)

  • Date:

    1843 (designed)
    ca. 1945 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Callcott Horsley, born 1817 - died 1903 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour process engraving

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2B, shelf SH60, box GG68

Physical description

Reproduction of a Christmas card.

Place of Origin

London, England (published)


1843 (designed)
ca. 1945 (published)


John Callcott Horsley, born 1817 - died 1903 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour process engraving


Height: 11.43 cm, Width: 14.61 cm

Descriptive line

'Xmasse 1843', reproduction of the Christmas card designed by John Callcott Horsley, sent to Henry Cole, colour process engraving, London, 1843. Recognised as the first Christmas card.

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
The full text of the entry is as follows:

"HORSLEY, John Calcott, R.A. (1817-1903)

Christmas card, design in 1843. Reproduction of the first Christmas card, published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., London, c.1945.
Colour process engraving. E.1993-1953

Bequeathed by Guy Tristram Little"


Colour process engraving

Subjects depicted

Greeting cards



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