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The second Christmas card

Christmas Card
1848 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Brief Description
Etching by William Maw Egley (1826-1916) for 'The second Christmas card', 1848.
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.
Dimensions
  • Width: 4.75in
  • Height: 3.25in
Credit line
Given by Mr. H J Deane
Object history
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.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
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.
Collection
Accession Number
E.13-1940

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record createdJune 30, 2009
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