"Angel's Heads" card

1881-1882

Published by Raphael Tuck
Artist: Rebecca Coleman
Seddon 69.7

Raphael Tuck company sponsored a design exhibition in 1880 for Christmas card designs. Rebecca Coleman won 7th place for her series of paintings, "Angel's Heads". The cards were produced in several different designs, with different messages and verses, for the following year's holiday season. They proved to be immensely popular.

On front:

A GLAD NEW YEAR!
GOOD ANGELS GUIDE THEE!

On back:

I stand in the New Year light
And I look towards the Sun,
And I see through the aether bright 
& fair, and Angelic one!
Tis Hope, tis the Morning Star! -
The angel of Days To Be!
To the gleam of its wings afar
turn, and I hope, for thee!
      Eden Hooper