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Greeting Card - "ABC Tumble Down D ... the cat's in the cupboard and can't see me" is from an old English rhyme game ... from a 1860s sketch by Herbert Sconce. These are fantastic images of the mouse, the dancing or tumbling letters and the cheese!


This note card is taken from a collection of sketches drawn by Herbert Sconce, English Commissioner to India, 1861-1865. I extracted it from original drawings that I have from the Sconce estate. This image is suitable for framing.

Herbert Sconce (1833-1867) was Principal Commissioner and Captain in the Bengal Army, stationed in Assam, India. Alas, as an ambassador from Britain in India, Herbert was a disaster. His arrogance and antagonism toward the people of the Pulagahri region led to the now infamous and deadly uprising in October of 1861. Herbert was just not into the “commissioner thing.” He left the administration and decision making largely up to his deputies. In official meetings he was bored and inattentive. He would spend his time drawing sketches, many of which he would later color at home.

Greeting Card - ABC Tumble Down D

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    This greeting card is blank inside with a white envelope in a clear plastic sleeve. Card size is A2 (4.25" x 5.5"). Designed and printed in San Jose, California.

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