Title: New Houses of Parliament/Les Nouveaux Maisons de Parlement a Londres.
Signed and Titled in the plate: London, J. T. Wood. Holywell St. New Houses of Parliament/Les Nouveaux Maisons de Parlement a Londres. Presumably, Joseph Thomas Wood published bilingual cards for international visitors of the Great Exhibition 1851.
Dimensions: 4 1/2" x 6".
Publisher: Joseph Thomas Wood, leading printer, publisher, books and stationery seller of Victorian Era.
Date: Circa 1851.
Materials and Techniques: Steel line engraving on "enamel card." Another name is "porcelain card."
Condition: VG. No wear, no abrasion. Stored in an album since May 1851, as confirmed by the inscription in iron-gall ink made in the u.r. corner of the backing page. Part of the paint from the surface of the engraving was offsetting through the tissue guard to the previous page and soaked into it. A detailed condition report is available on demand.
Museums and Libraries: The British Museum and V&A Museum keep several J. Wood's cards.
Note: There is more about J. T. Wood in the informative post "J. T. Wood of the Strand" by Laurence Worms (Ash Rare Books) in his blog "The Bookhunter on Safari".