Merry Xmas Special Question December 25, 2009Posted by Gyaniz in Specials.
Tags: christmas, christmas card, First christmas card, Germanesque style, John Callcott Horsley, Merry Christmas, Sir Henry Cole, Victoria and Albert Museum, X mas, x mas card
Merry Xmas to everyone from Team Gyaniz.
Q. What is special about the picture below, it was the first of its kind?
Ans.: First ever commercial Christmas and New Year Card.
John Callcott Horsley (born 1817– died 1903), a British narrative painter and a Royal Academician, designed the very first Christmas and New Year’s card at the request of his friend Sir Henry Cole (the first director of the Victoria and Albert Museum)
The Christmas card was lithographed on stiff cardboard, 5 1/8 by 3 1/4 inches, in dark sepia, with a design of a trellis of rustic-work, in the Germanesque style, divided into a center and two side panels. In the panels were figures representing two of the acts of charity, “feeding the hungry” and “clothing the naked.”
Rightly answered by Mohit, Kaushik, Shrey, Anubhav ,Anjana & Vinayak.
Thanks Kaushik for the explanation used here in the answer.