Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine of the Day: May Our Affections Repose into Joy, c. 1840

May our affections repose into joy

And disappointment ne’er our hopes destroy.

The above motto graces this Valentine card of watercolor over lithography, paper lace, and fabrix appliqué. The card was made between 1840 and 1880 and it was donated to the V&A in 1953 along with other cards collected by Guy Tristram Little.

The work of an unknown artist and publisher, the card depicts a couple embracing in a garden of irises. 

Valentine Card, 1840-80
The Victoria & Albert Museum

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