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Lily - Purity: P.14343-R-87

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Lily - Purity
Valentine card


Designer: Chéret, Jules
Publisher: Rimmel, Eugène




An example of one of Rimmel's series of twelve so-called 'Animated Flowers' valentines. Others included, holly as representing attachment and hawthorn as representing hope. All twelve were illustrated by French artist, Jules Chéret. A delicate, lace-paper border around a large, central panel containing a chromolithograph of a young woman dressed as a white lily, with text printed in blue on the right; "lily / purity" and with the printed verse in pink ink below: "I cannot gaze on aught that wears / the beauty of the skies / or aught that in life's valley bears / the blues of Paradise ... / Sargent". The artist's name, "Chéret" (Jules Chéret) is printed at lower left and an illegible printed name/title at lower right, which is probably the copyright notice, 'ENT STA. HALL.' [Entered at Stationers' Hall] as the notice is printed in this position on other 'Animated Flowers' valentines by Rimmel. See the reproduction of an 'Animated Flowers' valentine at:, an online exhibition of Rimmel's valentines (Date of visit to site: 17 February 2016). E. RIMMEL / PERFUMER / LONDON & PARIS is blind-embossed inside a rectangular panel within the lace-paper border at lower centre. See advert for Rimmel's perfumed valentines, 1867, which describes the types of valentines produced by Rimmel at this date: (Date of visit to site: 17 February 2016). Also, John Johnson Collection, Bodleian Library, Oxford, Rimmel's Perfumed Valentines, advertising leaflet, 1867, JJ: Stationery 9. (C).

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Bequeathed by Dr J. W. L. Glaisher, 1928

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Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


19th century
1860 - Circa 1900

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Accession number: P.14343-R-87
Primary reference Number: 214153
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Wednesday 3 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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