JOHN C. HORSLEY - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 321821
Sale Price $90.00
JOHN C. HORSLEY
A rare signature from the designer of the world's first Christmas card
Signature: "J. Horsley", 2¾x1. John C. Horsley (1817-1903) was a painter of historical events and subjects, but is widely regarded and recognized for his design of the first Christmas card. His historical paintings and illustrations have covered a wide variety of seventeenth and eighteenth century subjects, and have been commissioned and purchased by both royals and the wealthy. He painted several frescoes in the Palace of Westminster, and served as rector and treasurer of the Royal Academy. During his time with the Royal Academy, Horsley was known for his opposition to nude models and art, earning the nickname "Clothes-Horsley". However, his own work caused some controversy, when the first Christmas card (commissioned by Henry Cole) he designed depicted children drinking wine. Toned. Irregularly cut. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso. Fine condition.
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