Here is another postcard from Count Tyszkiewicz's collection, dated July 5, 1907. Printed by Tuck & Sons, this is an artist-signed postcard: "The Little Hans" by Claus Meyer. I did an online search of this image and it doesn't appear anywhere, not even among Meyer's biography, that I could find. While postcard collecting is indeed fun, it's also relevant in preserving history and art! This card shows wear on the corner tips as to be expected for something more than a century old, but overall in fine antique condition. Album impressions verso explain its well-preserved condition. Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
Count Benedict Tyszkiewicz (1852-1935), of Polish-Lithuanian nobility, lived in Paris and was a member of the Paris Photo Club; he was a famous photographer in his own right. Google his name and you'll get many references! In 2009, an exhibit at Minsk featured 86 of his photos of Belarus from the turn of the century. He was also an art collector. He would often buy lithographic postcards, put his return address stamp on them, and have them delivered to the artist to be autographed! Use the word "COUNT" in the search box to see all of his cards I have available.
Claus Meyer (German, 1856–1919) was a German painter active during the turn of the 20th century. He is best known for his warm depictions of everyday life from the Medieval and Northern Renaissances periods, the 17th century, as well as his own time. The artist often returned to similar subjects, and painted intimate scenes such as Tavern Gossip [sold through Chrisite's auction house in 2010 for 1500 British pounds], which portrayed two seated men in a darkened interior speaking closely while smoking pipes. Born on November 20, 1856 in Linden, Germany, he studied under August von Kreling at the Nuremberg School of Art, and with Ludwig von Löfftz at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Meyer later went on to teach at the Karlsruhe Academy and the famed Düsseldorf Academy. Today, the artist’s work can be found in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He died on November 9, 1919 in Düsseldorf, Germany. (Thanks to Art Net for this biographical information.)
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