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 Ethe. Use the word "count" in the word search box to see all of them. This M.M. Vienne postcard is artist signed. Searching online, I couldn't find information about this illustration except the vague notation of "Couple walking through the snow, circa 1900." The American Illustrators web site says that Betts’ first published illustration was in Collier’s Magazine in 1899 .... that first commission is what launched her career as from then onwards, her work was published in Century Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, The Ladies’ Home Journal, and St. Nicholas, among others. However, Anna was proudest when her work was published in book form and in 1901, her first book illustrations came to life in Nancy’s Country Christmas ... ." Perhaps this is an illustration from that book?!
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 and postcard collector.
When you use the zoom feature, please note that 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 the century-old printing method. With the naked eye, this card is in overall mint condition. There are light album impressions at the corners, which help explain its impeccably preserved condition. Typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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