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Hercules

  • Object:

    Postcard

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mouton, Georges (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lineblock print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr E. J. Dingwall

  • Museum number:

    E.524:515-2001

  • 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 two nuns sporting huge wimples standing near the life-size statue of a nude Hercules grasping a club. The young one is eyeing the crotch of the statue with interest while the older is looking away and fingering her rosary. The inscription in both French and English is full of mistakes and translates: 'Comparision? Heaven we said there is our dear abbé.'

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1903 (made)

Artist/maker

Mouton, Georges (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

'HERCULE[sic] / PAR / G. MOUTON / Comparison ? / Ciel on dirait notre cher abé / Comparisone / Heaven we said the / is ar[sic] deat[sic] clergymen'
printed on postcard, recto

Dimensions

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 Georges Mouton, 'Hercules', Two nuns stand by large statue of nude Hercules, the younger gazes at it, lineblock print, French, ca.1903, no.13 of a series

Subjects depicted

Clubs (weapons); Rosary; Sculptures; Wimples; Nuns; Postcards

Categories

Postcards; Ephemera; Erotica

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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