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Greeting Card - For Freedom, Hearth and Home

For Freedom, Hearth and Home

  • Object:

    Greeting Card

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, UK (made)

  • Date:

    1914 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph with cut paperwork borders and cord

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. Raymond E. de la P. Maddison

  • Museum number:

    E.263-1952

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 3

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Though war would seem to be totally opposed to the spirit of goodwill, generosity and peace promoted at Christmas, the number of Christmas cards sent increased dramatically during the First and Second World Wars. Soldiers were separated from their families and friends and the emphasis on the joy and goodness of Christmas became all the more pronounced. Many wartime greetings cards focused on warm scenes of hearth and home of the kind they would be missing. This quaint domestic scene featuring the family cat by the fireside typifies cards of this era. These same scenes were just as nostalgic for the wives, children and elderly coping with loneliness and the discomforts of rationing at home.

Physical description

Greeting card with cut paperwork borders, scalloped borders on three sides and an illustration depicting a cat sitting by the fireside.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, UK (made)

Date

1914 (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph with cut paperwork borders and cord

Marks and inscriptions

'Sweet Remembrances for the Past./ Kind Thoughts for the Present./ Good Wishes for the Future./ Xmas 1914/ And every Good Wish/ for/ Christmas and New Year./ From/ The Misses Manton/ 30 Frederick Street/ W.C.'

Dimensions

Height: 9 cm, Width: 11.7 cm

Descriptive line

'For Freedom, Heart and Home'. Greeting card, colour lithograph, Britain, 1914.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1952. London: HMSO, 1963.
The full text of the entry is as follows:

ANONYMOUS: Cards: Greeting […]

Christmas, New Year, Easter and other greeting cards (54). American, English and French, last quarter of 19th and first quarter of 20th centuries.
Colour lithographs, paper-lace; process engravings. Various sizes.
E.200, 202, 203, 209-211, 219-221, 237-252, 254-272, 2079-2085, 2087-2089-1952

Given by Mr. Raymond E. de la P. Maddison”

Materials

Paper; Ink; Cord

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

War; Cat; Home

Categories

Prints; Greeting cards; Christmas

Collection code

PDP

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