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Christmas with the Coles

The first Christmas card 1843

In 1843 the indefatigable Henry Cole (1808-82), who would later become the V&A’s first Director, devised the first Christmas greeting card (Cole notched up a lot of ‘firsts’ during his impressive civil service career). He commissioned John Callcott Horsley to design it. In his diary entry for 17 December 1843, Cole recorded that ‘In the […]

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An Eccentrics Christmas

To celebrate the festive period, artists Helen and Colin David – of textile label English Eccentrics – were commissioned to create the spectacular 2013 Christmas Tree for the Grand Entrance of the Museum. The ‘Red Velvet Tree of Love’ is traditional in shape but is coated in visceral red flocking to give a deep velvet-like […]

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