Angel's head, 1881-1882
Rebecca Coleman won 7th place in Tuck's 1881 design competition for her series of paintings, "Angel's Heads". The cards were produced in several different formats, with different messages and verses, for the following year's holiday season. They proved to be immensely popular. This one bears a verse by A.J.F.
Beauty so bright, an angelic wing, Comes smiling from heaven to earth; While zephyrs as light with their burden bring Celestial rejoicings and mirth: A star from the firmament steals adrift, A sunbeam is falling apart; With joyfulness hail them as heaven's gift-- A smile for the weary heart.