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The Barometer of Love

Valentine
ca. 1845 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Valentine's card, depicting a 'Barometer of Love' in which the thermometer goes from 'Esteem' to 'Friendship' to 'Love' to 'Enrapture, Unity and Bliss'. The barometer is collaged from scraps of paper and foiled paper, and is surrounded by a wreath of brightly coloured flowers made from printed or painted scraps. The card has a background of paper lace.


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Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
paper lace, collage and pen and ink
Brief Description
Valentine, 'Barometer of Love', paper lace, collage and pen and ink, British, ca. 1845
Physical Description
Valentine's card, depicting a 'Barometer of Love' in which the thermometer goes from 'Esteem' to 'Friendship' to 'Love' to 'Enrapture, Unity and Bliss'. The barometer is collaged from scraps of paper and foiled paper, and is surrounded by a wreath of brightly coloured flowers made from printed or painted scraps. The card has a background of paper lace.
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Dobbs (stamped on paper lace)
  • My spirit hath an atmosphere / That's ruled by Thee alone / 'Tis ever sunshine when thou't near / And cloudiness when gone! (Lettered in shell at top of card)
  • Changeable - Never / Set Fair - Never to be separated / Sunny - within the radiance of your smiles / Cloudy - Absent from the one I love (Lettered around dial at bottom of barometer)
Credit line
Given by Miss Jane Samuels
Subjects depicted
Association
Bibliographic Reference
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.
Collection
Accession Number
E.1552-1929

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