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Adam and Eve

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sager, Xavier (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lineblock print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr E. J. Dingwall

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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

A postcard depicting a large eye looking down at a garden from Heaven. A portly Adam has a red handkerchief suspended from his crotch. Ripe-figured Eve has flowing blonde hair and leans against a tree down which a pink serpent is slithering down. She says: 'Adam, lend me your handkerchief.' He replies: 'Impossible, this card would be confiscated.'

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1903 (made)


Sager, Xavier (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lineblock print

Marks and inscriptions

'SECTIONS 7 8 10 11 12 / Post Cards / The Milford Haven Collection / of / Post Cards. / Numbers 323 - 326 / " 336 - 340 / " 420 - 441 / " 453 - 504 / " 508 - 515'
Labels and text printed on album cover

'ÈVE. -- Adam, prête-moi ton mouchoir. / ADAM. -- Impossible, cette carte serait saisie.'
printed on postcard, recto


Height: 13.6 cm album, Width: 21 cm album, Depth: 5.5 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, by Xavier Sager, Adam and Eve, nude Eve asks Adam to lend her his handkerchief which is balancing over his private parts, lineblock print, French; ca.1903

Subjects depicted

Handkerchief; Postcards; Apples; Serpents; Nudes


Postcards; Ephemera; Erotica


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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