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Object Name Drawing
Title Valentine
Catalog Number 1977.19.2
Creator Kaign, Samuel
Date ca. 1860
Material(s) Paper/Ink
Dimensions H-8 W-4.938 inches
Description This is a valentine drawn on lined notebook paper. The paper has an image of the capitol building and the word "CONGRESS" pressed into it in the upper left corner. "From your loving Valentine" is written in brown ink. Below that is an image of a fat man with red hair, a blue tailcoat and magenta pants carrying a barrel that reads, "EXTRA / FAMILY / J.T. WATSON" over his head. A woman with netted brunette hair in a pink dress is dropping her yellow fan to gasp with pleasure. The man and woman are standing outside on grass, and a dead tree is drawn to the far right. Two ravens sit in the dead tree's branches; the raven on the right is presenting the other with a small bouquet of roses. Below the image is more brown text reading, "Accept this flour [underlined], darling, / And let it be a sign, / That you accept the giver, too, / And will be ever mine!" Below this text is another image, of the same man and woman sitting at opposite ends of a tablecloth-covered table for dinner, with 6 children sitting on benches around the table, 3 on each side. Text at the bottom left reads, "I warrant this [underlined] superior, / To any in nosegays found," and to the bottom right is written, "Just as roses [underlined] are inferior / To biscuits [underlined] all around."
Notes Kaign, the donor's husband's great uncle, was born in Virginia on June 16, 1833. He served as a surgeon during the Civil War.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
Event Valentine's Day
People Kaighn, Samuel
Subjects Drawing
Pen works
Love letters
Family values
Search Terms Drawings
Political cartoons
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS