The 14th. of February.5.
[Art Union of London, 1872.]
Etching on india paper, 200 x 150mm. 8 x 6".
The postman is mobbed at the door by children looking for valentine cards. By George Bernard O'Neill (1828-1917), published in 'Etchings for the Art Union of London by the Etching Club', plate 5. Sentimental paintings of children were extremely popular with Victorian audiences. Critics often dismissed such pictures as intellectually undemanding, yet some of the most important artists of the day took up the subject. The emotion of these pictures centre on a new, 19th century conception of childhood as an innocent, separate state to be shielded and prolonged.
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