Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Reading women

I seem to have given the impression that I collect postcards of women or girls reading because just after Eva's comment the other day (Eva of Mail Adventures), I received this postcard with 54 different pictures of women reading!  I've scanned it at a relatively high resolution so that if you click on the image you should be able to see better.

Of course they aren't identified on the back so now starts the challenge of working out who they all are.  For my own reference purposes I've allocated them A-F for rows and 1-9 columns.

Row A
1. Marie Adelaide of France by Jean-Etienne Liotard
2. In Slaap Gevallen by Kik Zeiler, 1948
3. An Interlude by William Sergeant Kendall, 1907
4. De gezusters Arntzenius ('lezende zusjes') or The Arntzenius sisters (reading sisters) - WB Tholen, 1895
5. The Magdalen Reading by Rogier van der Weyden, about 1435
6. Helene Vary by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1889
7. Reading a Story by James Tissot, 1878
8. Alice by George Dunlop Leslie, 1879
9. The Maid With the Golden Hair by Frederick Lord Leighton

Row B
1. Virgin and Child, by William Dyce
2. Gare St Lazare, by Edouard Manet 1873
3. From Ot and Sien, Cornelis Jetses 1873-1955
4. The Reader Crowned with Flowers, or Virgil's Muse, by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot 1845
5. Girl Reading, Jean-Baptiste Camille-Corot, 1850/1855
6. Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading, by Mary Cassatt, 1876
7. Ballet Class, the Dance Hall [detail] by Edgar Dégas, 1880
8. Reading by Lamplight, by George Clausen, 1909
9. The Novel Reader, by Vincent van Gogh, 1888

Row C
1. Woman by a Goldfish Tank, by Lovis Corinth, 1911
2. La Liseuse [The Reader], by Alfred Emile Stevens, about 1860
3. Meditation: Madame Monet on a Couch, by Claude Monet, 1871
4. Madonna mit den Erdbeeren [Madonna with Strawberries, by "The Upper Rhenish Master", c. 1425.
5. St Catherine, by "The master of the Half length", 1830s
6. Lezende Vrouw[Reading Woman], by Matthieu Wiegman, 1925
7. Intérieure, by Edgar Fernhout, 1951
8. Mary Reading, by Lorenzo Costa, c. 1515
9. Interior with poppies and reading woman (Lizzy Hohlenberg), by Anna Ancher, 1905

Row D
1. The Novel: A Lady in a Garden Reading a Book, Frank Dicey,
2. Home Devotion by Adolf Hölzel
3. L'Edition de Luxe, by Lilian Westcott Hale, 1910
4.Young Girl Reading by Gustav Adolph Hennig, 1828
5.The Little Convalescent by Eastman Johnson, 1872-1880
6. Leisure, by William W Churchill, 1910
7. Young Woman Reading, by Mary Cassatt, 1876
8. The Reading Lesson, Auguste Toulmouche
9. Girl Reading, by Edmund Tarbell, 1909

Row E
1. Woman Reading by Léon Kamir Kaufman, 1921
2. Woman Reading by Candlelight by Peter Ilsted, 1908
3. A Quiet Read in a Chinoiserie Interior, by Georges Croegaert, 1888
4. ?
5. Woman reading, by J Paul Allinson, 1940
6. Repose, by Jacques Cancaret
7. Girl with a Book by William Merritt Chase, 1902
8. La Lettre by Henry Lerolle
9. The Browning Readers by William Rothenstein, 1900

Row F
1. Elegant Woman in Library by Edouard Gelhay
2. La lecture by Henri Fantin-Latour
3. Portrait of Katie Lewis by by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1886
4. Val d'Arconville by Theodore Robinson, 1888
5. Mademoiselle Guillaumin Reading by Armand Guillaumin, 1907
6. Woman Reading by a Window by David Alison
7. Young Woman Reading a Letter by Jean Raoux, 1717-1719
8. Woman Reading on Subway by Silvina Resnik
9. At The Window by Hans Olaf Heyerdahl, 1881

All but one, I think, I've found!  Some were easy, some were really difficult.

Monday, 15 December 2014


A map of the old city of Cracow or Kraków which, dating from the Stone Age, is one of the oldest cities in Poland.  The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Madonna and Child

Madonna holding book and child

Although this card from the Netherlands did have art stamps on it, I had to go to France to find the first Madonna and Child stamp.

It commemorates the 500 years since Rafael painted it in 1512/13. The original hangs in the museum in Dresden.

The Royal Mail quite frequently uses art on stamps, particularly around Christmas time.  I have a set of PHQ (postal headquarters) stamp cards from 1991 which are taken from a 14th century manuscript kept in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

These are just two of the set.  I love the colour and form, but if you look closely at the faces, they do look a little odd though possibly more "real". I prefer them to some more recent versions.

As I said, the original postcard did have art stamps on it too, commemorating Rembrandt

And another by Vermeer, that almost everyone will recognise thanks to the recent film, Girl with a Pearl Earring.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian for the last time this week. Click on the button to visit her blog and other participants.

Saturday, 13 December 2014


I rather like this collage of travel/mail related items.  It's a Zazzle card and I know quite a number of people prefer shop bought cards, but frankly, I've had far more flimsy and less attractive shop bought cards.  This one was sent from Germany.

Friday, 12 December 2014

A cat at Christmas

By the look of him, I don't believe this cat is thrilled with his reindeer outfit but I think he looks really cute.  I'm just wondering whether I could find one for my cat...

Although it was sent from russia, it appears to be a card from a Chinese online publisher.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Just click on the button to visit and join in.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Stamps from China

It's nearly my bedtime so a post in haste to show you these lovely stamps which arrived all together on three separate cards from China.

The first set appears to show traditional occupations, the second commemorates the handover of the Olympics from Beijing To London, and the third actually illustrates stamps which originally illustrated articles from the National Museum of China.  Stamps within stamps.  According to my correspondent, the bronze "ding" (an enormous cooking pot) on the right was originally identified incorrectly as Si Mu Wu but is now the Hou Mu Wu Ding.  I'm not sure of the significance of that.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian for one more week. Click on the button to visit her blog and other participants.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

In the Garden

He has such a distinctive style that it almost seems unnecessary to say that this is another card by the artist Leonid Afrenov, "In the Garden". It comes from Belarus, his native country.  He has also lived in Israel, the USA and now his home is Mexico.

It's such a delight to the eye, I have to wonder why mine never looks like this. Well, partly of course because I no longer have a garden.
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