This M.M. Vienne postcard does not credit the artist, but this is "In the Rose Garden," originally painted in 1905 by American artist and illustrator Anna Whelan Betts (May 15, 1873 – February 6, 1959). The front of this postcard is dated Paris, May 7, 1908, with, what I am assuming is, the recipient's initials. I believe Count Benedict Tyszkiewicz, Polish royalty living in Paris, may have been a bit OCD. I don't understand the dating of the card by hand on front when it is clearly franked verso. Nonetheless, the Count was an avid art collector, photographer and patron of the arts. His postcards were often higher quality engravings and first-run printings; sometimes he had his cards autographed by the artist and then mailed on to him. At first I questioned the quality of the printing of this card, because it seems rather dark to me. However, it is indeed true to the artist's oil painting. Perhaps "In the Rose Garden" should have been subtitled "In the Shadows of Love." :) There are some paper flakings around the gentleman's collar on this card and a white speck near the sundial. Any fuzzies, fibers or other specks you might see (direct digital scans are brutal, showing details only visible looking through a jeweler's loupe) are inherent to the paper content and century-old printing method. Overall, especially considering its age, this card is in near mint condition. Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
Please note: this is one of several cards I have from the Count's collection, one of several featuring the "Golden Age of Illustration" art by Anna and her sister Ethel. Use the word "count" in the word search box to see all of them.
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