The First Genuine Christmas Card


Christmas Card, A proof of one of the first Christmas cards from 1843 showing A family eating Christmas dinner. The card was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole who had the card designed by J.C. Horsley who lived at Orestone Manor between Torquay and Maidencombe. He was a well known artist public figure who had been a Captain in the Dragon Gaurds, was involved in the introduction of the penny post, helped organize the Great Exhibition in 1851 and was a founder of the Victoria & Albert Museum. 1,000 cards were printed and they were sold at one shilling each (5p), but only around 20 are thought to have survived, very few of which are in private hands, the majority being in museums or public archives. This is one of the few uni-coloured proofs known of this card and was inherited from an elderly gentleman who was married to one of Sir Henry Cole's grand-daughters. Some foxing but mostly away from the actual picture. The Article Reads: The Marriage of Mr. James C. Chaplin of Orsett, Essex, son of the late Mr. Earnest Chaplin, J.P., and Mrs.Earnest Chaplin, of Clifton, Rugby, with Ruth Jack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Cole, Philbeach-Gardens, and grandaughter of the late Sir Henry Cole, K.C.B., will take place on Tuesday, the sixth of Febuary, at St. Saviour's Church, Walton St., at half past two o'clock.

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 15 May, 2007.

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