It’s Christmas, iIt’s Christmas, it’s Victorian, and it’s Wednesday so I should post something combining at least the first two. The origin of the Christmas card as we know it now:
[Christmas Cards are] believed to have been designed by John Callcott Horsley in England in 1843, created for his friend Sir Henry Cole. An edition of 1,000 cards was placed on sale in London. It was lithographed on stiff cardboard, 5 1/8 by 3 1/4 inches, in dark sepia and hand-colored. The center of the card shows a family party in progress, beneath which were the words “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.” To one side is a scene of the hungry being fed and to the other side the poor being clothed.
Britannica Online via zworks.com
Horsley painted frescoes for the Houses of Parliament, and with fellow artists Thomas Webster, G.B. O’Neill and F.D. Hardy, formed the Cranbrook Colony, meeting every summer to paint in the village of Cranbrook in Kent.
From 1875-1890 he was rector of the Royal Academy, where he campaigned against French influences and the use of nude female models. This earnt him the nickname ‘Clothes Horsley’.
From the National Gallery.
And as an aside that has nothing to do with Christmas but much to do with John Callcott Horsley:
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was Horsley’s brother-in-law: Isambard of the Great Western Railway and over 12oo miles of track including lines in Ireland, Italy and Bengal. His great civil engineering works on the line between London and Bristol, are used by today’s high-speed trains and bear witness to his genius. [Brunel University, West London]
What are your favorite Christmas/Holiday Cards? Do you send them out? Do you like receiving them? I like the funny ones. Anything Peanuts/Snoopy and Maxine. She cracks me up all year round.