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Valentine - The Barometer of Love

The Barometer of Love

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1845 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dobbs (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    paper lace, collage and pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Jane Samuels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 67

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.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


ca. 1845 (made)


Dobbs (made)

Materials and Techniques

paper lace, collage and pen and ink

Marks and inscriptions

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

Descriptive line

Valentine, 'Barometer of Love', paper lace, collage and pen and ink, British, ca. 1845

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.


Paper; Paper lace



Subjects depicted

Barometer; Flowers


Romance; Greeting cards


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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