SIR HENRY COLE - AUTOGRAPH ENVELOPE SIGNED 03/28/1872 - HFSID 80186
British industrialist and Christmas card-inventor signs name in brown ink
Autograph envelop signed: "The Rev. James Beck/ The Cottage/ Stormington/ Henry Cole Sussex" in brown ink. Clipped from front of envelope, 4¾x3¼. Postmarked March 28, 1872 in London, England. Henry Cole (1808-1882) was an English civil servant best known for his innovations in commerce and education in Victoria Britain; he also is credited with the invention of the world's first Christmas card which he commissioned artist John Callcott Horsley to make in 1843. His furthered his interest in commercial industrial design under the pseudonym Felix Summerly, designing a number of items which went into production including a prize-winning teapot; he furthermore wrote a series of children's books under the same alias such as An Alphabet of Quadrupeds (1844) and The most delectable history of Reynard the Fox (1846). Through his membership of the Society for the Encouragement of arts, Manufactures, and Commerece, and patronage of Prince Albert, Cole produced many amazing exhibits promoting industrial design such as the world-renowned The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations which was held in The Crystal Palace in Hyde park in 1851. The surplus of this successful exhibition when to improving science and art education in the United Kingdom, including the development of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the South Kensington Museum. Toned. Edges frayed. Soiled and worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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