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Postcard - Picola causa, grandi effetti

Picola causa, grandi effetti

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1905 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr E. J. Dingwall

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 507, box IV

The Milford Haven Collection consists of 442 specimans of French, Italian and German erotic postcards of considerable interest including a number of rare movable cards, all dating from the early years of the twentieth century. The collection illustrates with great clarity the various styles particular to each region. The cards have been arranged in three albums, according to the subject matter with which they deal, highlighting the original collector's strong interest in scatological subjects.

Physical description

Postcard depicting three scenes set in an artist's studio. In the first the artist is showing a painting to a matron accompanied by her young son; in the second, a huge dog goes behind a screen behind which a woman nude except for black stockings is cowering; in the third, the frightened model, pursued by the dog, has sprung out, toppling the screen and startling everyone. One of 265 postcards mounted in bound album.

Place of Origin

Germany (probably, made)


ca. 1905 (made)


Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Small cause: great effects' [written in Italian, German and French].
printed on postcard recto

'PostCards / THE MILFORD HAVEN COLLECTION OF POST CARDS / SECTION I - SECTION VI. SECTION IX. / SECTIONS 1 - 6.9 / Numbers 1-35/ " 72 - 120 / " 148 - 153 / " 163 - 184 / " 205 - 227 / " 250 - 313 / " 350 - 412'
Text and label on album cover


Height: 25.8 cm album, Width: 21 cm album, Depth: 7 cm album, Height: 9 cm card, Width: 14 cm card

Object history note

This collection of 'Cartes postales fantaisistes' was at one time part of the collection of a member of the Milford Haven family. The collection consists of 442 postcards mounted in three bound albums and accompanied by a typed catalogue dated 1960. It was acquired in 1960 by E.J. Dingwell.

Descriptive line

Postcard, Milford Haven Collection, 'Piccola causa grandi effetti', an artist's nude model flushed out of hiding by a dog, lithograph, no.7 of a series, probably German, ca. 1905 Milford Haven Collection



Subjects depicted

Dogs; Nudes


Ephemera; Postcards; Erotica


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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