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First Christmas Card by Sir Henry Cole and John Horsley Featured Christmas Cards Print

First Christmas Card by Sir Henry Cole and John Horsley

Reputedly the first Christmas card, this was designed by Horsley in 1843, and a coloured version sent out by Sir Henry Cole in 1846.
Commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley in London on 1 May 1843. The central picture shows three generations of a family raising a toast to the card's recipient: on either side are charity scenes including food and clothing being given to the poor. Allegedly the image of the family drinking wine together proved controversial, but the idea was shrewd: Cole had helped introduce the Penny Post three years earlier. Two batches totaling 2, 050 cards were printed and sold that year for a shilling each, and of those just a dozen are known to have survived.
We are offering reproduction prints of the original design. In 2001 an original version sold for a record 22, 500 pounds sterling at auction in Devizes, Wiltshire, England. After attracting bids from collectors in Britain and America, it eventually sold for the record-breaking price.
The auctioned card was especially sought after because it was sent by Sir Henry to his grandmother and aunt, and signed by the great Victorian.
John Callcott Horsley was an English painter, illustrator, and designer. Born in London on 29 January 1817, he was the grand-nephew of the English landscape painter Sir Augustus Callcott. His sister, Mary Elizabeth Horsley, was the wife of the famous British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Horsley studied painting at the Royal Academy where he met the painter Thomas Webster. His paintings were largely of historical subjects set in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, influenced by the Dutch masters Pieter de Hooch and Vermeer. From 1875 to 1897, Horsley was a rector and treasurer of the Royal Academy. Because he was strictly against nude models he earned the nickname "Clothes-Horsley".
Cole is credited with devising the concept of sending greeting cards at Christmas time

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Christmas card sent by Swindon Works Accounts Staff, 1918 Featured Christmas Cards Print

Christmas card sent by Swindon Works Accounts Staff, 1918

Christmas card dated 1918. The figure of Britannia features prominently on the front of the card in reference to Allied success in the war. It was sent by the Accounts Office at Swindon Works and the signatures of staff cover both the front and the inside of the card

Accounts Office, Card, Christmas, World War 1

Traditional Japanese Woodblock print of Actor Featured Christmas Cards Print

Traditional Japanese Woodblock print of Actor

"Japanese scene from the master Kunisada 1786-1865, a woodblock print, published in 1849 -1850 -1851 during the Edo period. This print, printed in 1850 shows a Kabuki actor in traditional costume standing in a domestic setting. Would make an ideal Christmas card or form part of a calendar.This print forms part of my own personal collection."

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