Mortimer Menpes (1860–1938) was an Australian painter close to the exiled American James MacNeil Whistler (1834–1903). Whistler was the most admired painter in the English-speaking world at the time, a man who promoted the credo of “art for art’s sake.” Menpes once ran a printing press for Whistler, and shared the older man’s fascination with all things Japanese, often scrimmaging through European markets for special Japanese papers on his behalf. Menpes was very familiar with the printing process. Like Dhurandhar, his images were also used in books like the illustrated volume Darbar (1903) which he co-wrote with his daughter Dorothy. This book included about 100 prints from his paintings, a dozen of which were selected for publicity postcards by the publisher A. & C. Black & Co. of London. Tuck's also produced two series of postcards based on his paintings during his 1902-03 visit to India. Menpes postcards are among the best Western artist-signed postcards of India.
[Original caption] Indian fruit is varied and luscious. Among the most popular are melons, guavas, bananas and mangoes. These, and others, are readily bought, and the fruit stall is a flourishing institution in every Indian bazaar. [end]
[Original caption] A Potter, Northern India. Fostered by "caste," the native craftsman remains, contentedly, throughout his life in that sphere of industry into which he was born.
[Original caption] Indian Workers in Silver and Gold. Unaided by mechanical invention, the handwork of these craftsmen is as near perfection as is possible.
[Original Caption] A Popular Stall, Northern India. Eatables of all kinds, especially sweetmeat delicacies, are prominently displayed in all Indian bazaars.
[Original caption] A Native Bullock Cart, Northern India. This most popular means of conveyance throughout India is the bullock cart.
[Original caption] A Street Scene, Delhi. This great native city is one of the most fascinating and historic places of the East.
Mortimer Menpes versatility as an artist in command of color and line is manifest in a 12 card series he did for Tuck's. Menpes was one of the few signed India postcard artists to supply more than one publisher.
[Original caption] A Street Scene,
[Original caption, Verso] “Watching the Pageant, Delhi. The great Delhi Durbar is known by means of the vernacular press to the inhabitants of the remotest parts of India.