'Sir Henry Cole', 1877.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of Sir Henry Cole (1808-1882) taken by Samuel Robert Lock (1822-1881) and George Carpe Whitfield. Cole was the first director of the South Kensington Museum in London, renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899. A writer and publisher, he founded The Journal of Design. In 1843, Cole asked his friend, John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), a painter and Royal Academician, to design what became the first Christmas card. 1000 of these cards were made, featuring a family raising their glases around a Christmas feast. This Woodburytype is from 'Men of Mark', a series of books featuring prominent men of the time, published between 1876 and 1883. A brief biographical esay by Thompson Cooper accompanies each portrait.