[Original caption] A Street Scene, Delhi. This great native city is one of the most fascinating and historic places of the East.
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.
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.
[Original caption] A Belle of Northern India. The women of Delhi and district are, to Western eyes, rather more pleasing than those of many other parts of India.
A magnificent postcard by the Australian painter Mortimer Menpes (1860-1938), based on a visit to India he made for the 1903 Darbar. An ageing warrior is given life by dazzling colors.
Mortimer Menpes was prominent early 20th century painter who made a well-advertised painting trip to India in 1903 for the Delhi Darbar. This image was the first in the book The Darbar written with his daughter Dorothy Menpes (1903) who accompanied