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Anna Whelan Betts Under the Wisteria 1908 Art Reproduction Postcard from Polish Count's Collection
This is one of several cards I have from a Polish Count's collection featuring the "Golden Age of Illustration" art by Anna Whelan Betts and her sister Ethel Franklin Betts. Use the word "count" in the word search box to see all of them. This M.M. Vienne postcard (printed in Austria) is artist signed in the far left corner. This is an art reproduction originally circa 1906 by Anna. Searching online, I found a US-printed postcard version with the title "Under the Wistaria [sic]." To be honest, I didn't even notice the wisteria until after I saw that. I think the woman's dress rather steals the limelight. The front of this postcard is dated Paris, May 7, 1908, with, what I am assuming is, the owner and recipient's initials, Count Benedict Tyszkiewicz. The Count was Polish royalty living in Paris. He was an avid patron of the arts, a collector and photographer. His postcards were often higher quality engravings and first-run printings. This card as well as the other card I have by Anna have a matte finish, of course, but there are hints of something, some kind of light gloss (sorry I don't know the technical artistic term:) visible, when held at an angle, on certain parts of the card. As for any fuzzies, fibers or other specks you might see (direct digital scans are brutal, showing details only visible looking through a jeweler's loupe) these are inherent to the paper content and the century-old printing method. With the naked eye, there is one speck in the gentleman's hair and a few specks on his coat. Overall, especially considering its age, this card is in near mint condition. Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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