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So many great artists during the Golden Age of Postcards did not receive proper credit for their work. British painter and illustrator Jennie Harbour (1893–1959) is an exception. This Early Victorian series produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons is designed with a significant section devoted to a title and "Painted by Jennie Harbour." On some cards, her name can be found within the illustration, too. Although this card shows wear on the edges, the heart of the image is beautifully preserved and the colors richly saturated. This is one of Tuck's "Oilette De Luxe" cards, which means it has a lovely texture that resembles paint brush marks! On this card, the swirl of the paint brush marks flows with the windswept dress, heightening the "feel" of that wind.
Note that this postcard bears a French message, mailed to Mademoiselle Gilbert in Belgium, but not postally marked. So for the dating of this card, I can only positively say pre-WWII. Many of these cards were appreciated as art cards and were collected not mailed. Harbour is known as an Art Deco artist, so one could guess-timate these are circa 1920s or '30s.
Harbour went to work for Tuck in 1919. Along with postcards, she illustrated several children's fairy tale books. Alas, not much is known about her personally. My online research discovered a web site of an author who is working on a biography of Harbour. Adele C. Geraghty says that even though Harbour's work was known worldwide and she was famous in her time, she was forgotten. However, now interest in her work is making a comeback.
I have two of these available; you can see a glimpse of the second one in the last photo. It it blemished but beautiful and is listed separately. This is the first time I've offered Jennie Harbour postcards. If you'd like to see more, just let me know! I've had one in my personal collection for a long time, but it is quite shabbily chic.
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Jennie Harbour Tuck's Oilette De Luxe Early Victorian Series Postcard of Ladies in Yellow
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