Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Duke of the Blues

A hand-tinted RPPC from the so called 'Golden Age' of postcards--roughly 1890-1920. The archaism and soft background focus suggest the late-Victorian images of Julia Margaret Cameron. The iconography--plumed hat, lace collar, blue cloak--brings to mind the 'fancy-dress' paintings of the eighteenth century. These drew in turn on famous Old Master paintings: witness Gainsborough's 'Blue Boy,' inspired by Van Dyck's coruscating portraits of seventeenth-century royalty. The boy's embroidered lace collar here is almost identical to one worn by Charles I in Van Dyck's 'Triple Portrait' of that glamorous yet ill-starred king.

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