Mailed in 1913 from Rome to Switzerland, this Tuck's Oilette postcard printed in England features a Japanese scene painted by Australian-born artist Mortimer Menpes. Addressed in French to a Monsieur Nicolas, the message is written in another language I can't identify. As impressive as all these international connections are, Menpes' painting is the heart-stopper. "A Jap in Plum-Colour" sounds insensitive by our standards, but Menpes conveys love and respect for Japan in this composition. Menpes (1855 – 1938) was a prolific artist, author, printmaker and illustrator. His formal art training began at the School of Art in London in 1878, after his family had moved back to England in 1875. He was also a student of American artist James Whistler. A visit to Japan in 1887 led to his first one-man exhibition in London. When he moved into a custom-built home in central London in 1888, it was decorated in the Japanese style. This card is in near mint condition. Artist signature at the bottom right. This is a beauty that deserves to be matted and framed. About 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
A special thanks to Wikipedia for Menpes' biographical information.
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