The Vampire

The Vampire, Philip Burne-JonesI must say that this is a peculiar subject for a postcard. The image is that of a British painting, not from the hand of the renowned pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones as erroneously indicated on the card, but by his son, Philip. When first exhibited in 1897 it was hung alongside a poem, “The Vampire”, by Philip’s cousin, Rudyard Kipling. The poem was a commentary on the foolishness of a man allowing himself to be destroyed by a heartless woman, and was said to have been inspired by the painting. The exhibit took place just a few months before the publication of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula.

The Storm

Pierre Auguste Cot PostcardProduced by Detroit Publishing, this is The Storm, a large oil on canvas by Pierre Auguste Cot. The painting, completed in 1880, is one of two examples of the artists work on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the other being Spring. The decision to reproduce the colorful painting in sepia shades is curious, but could have been necessitated by the limitations of printmaking at the time.

Queen’s College

Queen's College PostcardHere’s a divided-back card from Raphael Tuck & Sons featuring a painting by Charles E. Flower. It provides a look at Queens College in Cambridge, with a description on the reverse:

“Queen’s College and Bridge. – This College dates from 1448 and derives its name from Queen Margaret of Anjou (wife of Henry VI.) and is one of the most interesting colleges in Cambridge. In one of the courts is a sundial said to be the work of Sir Issac Newton. From the Garden Court fine views of the Cam, here spanned by the curious wooden structure known as the Mathematical Bridge.”


Religion PostcardPublished by B.S. Reynolds and printed by Curt Teich, this card features a wall painting by Charles S. Pearce. (1851-1914) Located in the Library of Congress, the work is titled Religion, and is one of four depictions of the family, the others being Labor, Study, and Recreation. (those are also found on similar postcards)