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First Christmas Card by Sir Henry Cole and John Horsley
First Christmas Card by Sir Henry Cole and John Horsley
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Scrooge Sees Marley Face
Scrooge Sees Marley Face
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Dickensian Party
Dickensian Party
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Ss Great Britain Plan
Ss Great Britain Plan
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Scrooge and Marley Ghost
Scrooge and Marley Ghost
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Jorrocks and the Bull
Jorrocks and the Bull
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Bob Cratchit & Tiny Tim
Bob Cratchit & Tiny Tim
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Firth of Forth from Corstorphine Hill
Firth of Forth from Corstorphine Hill
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Karl Marx and his wife, Jenny (nee von Westphalen)
Karl Marx and his wife, Jenny (nee von Westphalen)
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Princess Alice with Grand Duke Louis of Hesse
Princess Alice with Grand Duke Louis of Hesse
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Scrooge Sees Grave
Scrooge Sees Grave
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Bell Rock Lighthouse, near Arbroath, Scotland
Bell Rock Lighthouse, near Arbroath, Scotland
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First Christmas Card by Sir Henry Cole and John Horsley Featured 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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Dickens/Christmas Carol
Dickens/Christmas Carol
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Conquer Hill, Clontarf
Conquer Hill, Clontarf
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Scrooge at his Desk
Scrooge at his Desk
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Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
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Noah Webster
Noah Webster
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ADELINA PATTI 1843-1919
ADELINA PATTI 1843-1919
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Rebecca Riots/1843
Rebecca Riots/1843
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Thames Tunnel entrance
Thames Tunnel entrance
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Grave of Hahnemann
Grave of Hahnemann
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Sarah Martin
Sarah Martin
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Plan Pentonville Prison
Plan Pentonville Prison
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Jessica by Luke Fildes
Jessica by Luke Fildes
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Thames Tunnel entrance Featured Print

Thames Tunnel entrance

A view of the entrance to the Wapping-Rotherhithe tunnel under the Thames, the world's first underwater tunnel, completed by Marc Brunel in 1843. The tunnel was used by pedestrians from 1843 to 1865, before being converted for railway use

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Manchester Union Schools, Swinton
Manchester Union Schools, Swinton
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Shaftesbury and Arethusa Boys Homes, Royston, Hertfordshire
Shaftesbury and Arethusa Boys Homes, Royston, Hertfordshire
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Dungeness Lighthouse, Kent, 1843
Dungeness Lighthouse, Kent, 1843
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Richard Robert Jones
Richard Robert Jones
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Wycombe Union Workhouse, Saunderton, Oxfordshire
Wycombe Union Workhouse, Saunderton, Oxfordshire
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Union Workhouse, Cuckfield, Sussex
Union Workhouse, Cuckfield, Sussex
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Princess Alice and Victoria of Hesse
Princess Alice and Victoria of Hesse
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Rowing Boats passing under Hammersmith Bridge, London, 1843
Rowing Boats passing under Hammersmith Bridge, London, 1843
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Guyana Georgetown
Guyana Georgetown
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Samuel Hahnemann/Croll
Samuel Hahnemann/Croll
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Richard K. Causton MP, Vanity Fair, Spy
Richard K. Causton MP, Vanity Fair, Spy
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Princess Alice with her children
Princess Alice with her children
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Princess Alice with her children Featured Print

Princess Alice with her children

Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse (1843-1878) with her children in 1877: (l to r) Ella, Alix, Victoria, Ernst Ludwig and Irene, with the youngest, May sitting on Alice's lap. Alice's family succumbed to diptheria in November 1878. The youngest child, May, died on 16th November 1878 and Alice, who had spent weeks nursing her children before coming down with diptheria herself. She died on 14th December at the age of just 35 on the 17th anniversary of her father, Prince Albert's death

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Asylum at Hanwell 1843
Asylum at Hanwell 1843
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The Bentinck steamer
The Bentinck steamer
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Nelson Statue
Nelson Statue
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Royal Naval School
Royal Naval School
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Modern Athenians plate 21 - Edinburgh
Modern Athenians plate 21 - Edinburgh
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Princess Alice and Grand Duke Louis of Hesse with children
Princess Alice and Grand Duke Louis of Hesse with children
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Princesses Alice and Vicky
Princesses Alice and Vicky
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Smithfield Market 1843
Smithfield Market 1843
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Exeter Hall/Entrance
Exeter Hall/Entrance
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Scrooge and Nephew
Scrooge and Nephew
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Surtees/Handley Cross
Surtees/Handley Cross
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Poe/Tales/The Gold Bug
Poe/Tales/The Gold Bug
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