Postcard Artists

Another work in progress and one that will be slow due to the lack of available information on lesser-known artists.

Updated 27/5/2023

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Adams, C.J (1859 – 1931)

Charles James Adams was born in Gravesend in Kent. He studied at Leicester School of Art under W. Pilsbury, where he won the Mulready Gold Medal for Life Drawing. He later became a teacher at the school. He was a prolific artist in oil and watercolour, of landscapes, animals, genre and historical subjects.

C J Adams Killarney pc - Copy

Above:Killarney‘, from Academy Picture Postcards: “Landscape Series” No.1028. – the only Irish card that I have so far found by the artist. The postal rate – printed on the card – is shown as a half-penny which places its production between 1870 and 1918.

Ballagh, Robert (1943)

Dublin born, mainstream artist.

Ballinasloe Horse Fair

Postcard of Ballinasloe Horse Fair, Co.Galway published by An Post – The Irish Post Office.

Barlow, Robert

Scholastic Productions: Bird (?) artist – missed several superb cards on eBay recently, but with the aid of the snipping tool and Paint I managed to salvage something. He seems to have been active in the 1940s – anybody know anything about him?

Robert Barlow Scholastic 1 REPAIREDRobert Barlow Scholastic REPAIRED 2Robert Barlow Scholastic Repaired 3 - Copy

Left to right:Brent Geese at Dawn’; ‘Tufted Duck, Late Afternoon‘ and ‘Pintail at Daybreak‘.

Bowers, Stephen James

British watercolour artist who flourished 1874 – 1891.

See also on the Publishers page under Misch & Stock.

Vale of Avoca NOT Misch & StockDunluce Castle by S Bowers but NOT MIsch & Stock

The two cards above, identical in style and captioning to the Misch & Stock ‘Nature Miniature‘ series appear to have been produced by an unidentified German (?) publisher.

de Breanski, Alfred Fontville (Jnr.)

de Breanskide B

A couple of gems from my collection: Left to right – McGillycuddy’s Reeks, Killarney and Ross Castle, Killarney J.Salmon Ltd., Sevenoaks.

Burrows, Willam J

William Burrows was an Irish painter who flourished in the 1940s and 1950s. Several works by the artist have passed through the larger auction houses including McTear’s, Bonhams and Whyte’s. Burrows also exhibited ten works at the Royal Ulster Academy between 1948-1956.

Produced quite a lot of artwork for Valentine’s see some examples below.

Mourne Mountains from Annalong Bridge W Burrows Valentine PostcardThe Bay Newcastle Co Down W J BurrowsA West of Ireland Village Burrows

Carey, John (1861 – 1943)

Irish artist who supplied work to Lawrence’s, Hely’s, ….


Carey, Joseph William (1859 – 1937)

Joseph was the son of the Rev. J. W. Carey, a Moravian Minister at Kilwarlin Moravian Church, Kilwarlin, County Down. He trained as an illustrator with Marcus Ward & Co., publishers.

RMS Viper passing Carrickfergus J W Carey

Above: R.M.S.Viper passing Carrickfergus – a Valentine’s card.

Carson, Robert Taylor HRUA (1919 – 2008)

Carson Robert Taylor

Beach Hotel, Downings, Co.Donegal – publisher not indicated but probably the hotel.

Connolly, Jackie (1929 – 2014)

Armagh born artist.

Connolly, Jackie 2

The Cathedral Church of St.Patrick, Armagh” – a postcard published by Armagh District Council.

Cooper, A.M.

Mount Errigal A M CooperVale of Avoca A M Cooper Valentines pcThe 12 pins A M Cooper VALENTINES printed in IrelandCooper

Four cards published by Valentines.

Douglas, A.M.

Eventide Connemara A M DouglasWild Connemara A M Douglas

Left to right:Eventide, Connemara’ No.6502 and ‘Wild Connemara’ No.6494 part of the Woodbury Series published by Eyre & Spottiswoode Ltd.

Above: The original of ‘Wild Connemara‘, an (18″ x 28″) watercolour, turned up at auction at Keys (Norwich) on the 23/7/2018 where it sold for £55.

Drummond, Nora (1862 – 1949)

Was born in Somerset, England, the second of fourteen children she came from an artistic family – her father being a former Master of the Bath School of Art and Design and an art tutor to the Royal Family, and her mother the daughter of the artist James Hardy (1801-1879). A number of other close relations were also well known artists of the day.

In 1893 she married Daniel Joseph F. Davies (1870-1948) and shortly after the turn of the century the couple emigrated to Canada. Although Drummond was working as an artist prior to the end of the 19th century, (she is described as such in the 1891 and 1901 censuses), the aspect of her work most widely encountered today are the illustrations, often featuring dogs and country pursuits, she produced for Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd., a British publishing company with interests in the USA and Canada. Her younger sister, Eileen Drummond (b. 1884) also provided illustrations for Tuck postcards.

After her marriage she continued to sign her work “N. Drummond”.

So far I have identified a small number of her paintings used in Tuck’s “Irish Life” series.

Irish Life Mountain Goats Nora DrummondIrish Life The Pleasure Trip Nora DrummondPostcard TUCK Artist Norah Drummond Irish Life Goig to market

Dudley, Tom (1857 – 1935)

Killarney, The Tunnel,  from the “Marlborough” Series by Davidson Bros., London, postally used in 1907. The artist supplied work for many other postcards but this is the only Irish one that I have found thus far.

Egan, Avril

Avril Egan is a contemporary artist specialising in painting and drawing, landscapes, portraits, still-life and personalised cartoon/anime caricatures. Prints/postcards and original art are available through Instagram here: Egan-Art-1997

Latest news here: Egan-Art

Farrar, Dudley

Dudley Farrar was a Northern Irish artist who produced an extensive range of postcards during the 1990s. Most were simple cards featuring Irish railway locomotives and carriages against a plain background and belied the fact that he was quite an accomplished watercolour artist. The cards were printed by Grahams of Omagh.

Dudley was also a canny businessman and wherever possible found sponsorship to cover his production costs. I knew him briefly during the 1990s and he regularly used to send me signed copies of his latest cards – some of these will be offered for sale on the site shortly. One of nature’s gentlemen Dudley passed away in August 2000.

Dudley Farrar

The Harbour Ballywalter Co DownDundonald Co Down

Left to right: Two County Down views – the Harbour, Ballywalter, and Dundonald.

Flynn, Nelius

Belturbet, Co.Cavan: the old railway station.

Gallon, Robert (1845 – 1925)

Robert Gallon was a painter mainly of landscapes throughout England, Scotland and Wales and exhibited 32 pictures at the Royal Academy and 27 at the British Institution. He painted in a realistic style similar to Benjamin Williams Leader.

Gallon painted in a realistic style similar to Benjamin Williams Leader and George Vicat Cole. A clean fluency of manipulation is a hallmark of Gallon’s technique, the brush indicating form with a very smoothly controlled line. The atmosphere of his pictures was most characteristic, with richly coloured skies and filtered warm sunlight touching every corner of the canvas. Many of these fluently detailed pictures have added immediacy from having been painted entirely on the spot.

I’ve only identified a handful of cards to date and the signature is often very hard to make out.

Old Cottage nr Killarney R GallonRoss Castle Gallon

Two Robert Gallon cards published by Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co.

Gerald, Brian aka Walter Henry Sweet (1889-1943)

A prolific West country artist who painted street scenes, moorland views and seascapes. He studied at Exeter School of Art under the guidance of his friend John Shapland. He worked locally and exhibited at the Devon and Exeter Annual Exhibition at the Elands Gallery in the early 1900’s. At the outbreak of the First World War he joined the Devonshire Regiment and saw active service abroad. After the war he moved to Dundee and was employed by James Valentine & Sons as a commercial illustrator.

  Portrush and Sands A 396 probably Brian GeraldDunluce Castle    

Gibson, Colin (1948) 

Colin Gibson was born in Belfast and worked with the Belfast Telegraph as a graphic designer before he decided to become a full-time artist at the age of twenty-six. His first solo exhibition was held at the Nelson Bell Gallery in 1968. Gibson’s work has travelled to places as far away as Canada, America and Australia and can be easily recognised for its true depiction of Ireland. His paintings are all painted ‘en plein air’ which create a realistic atmosphere for the viewer.

The ‘Fir Trees Lodge Hotel‘ in Strabane, Co.Tyrone.

Ballygally Castle Hotel, Co.Antrim” from a painting dated 1990.

Stormont Hotel, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast“.

All three cards were published by Beric Tempest & Co.Ltd., St.Ives, Cornwall but the company seems to have vanished without trace.

Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle” published by the Hastings Hotel Group.

Greenwell, Patricia

Only the one postcard identified – so far – but as the artist is quite well known I will keep on the hunt.

Clar Ellagh Patricia Greenwell

“Clar Ellagh” Christian Fellowship Holiday Centre, Kilkee, Co.Clare.

Bears a 48c stamp but the postmark is obliterated. No publisher’s name. The holiday centre appears to have operated from the 1940s and closed down around 2004.

Hadden, Jean

Jean’s early training consisted of a five-year apprenticeship in dress design, textiles and construction, an interest in painting lead to a B.A, degree in Art History, Music & Social Science also a ‘Painting Two’ certificate with the Open College of the Arts. Jean specializes in capturing areas of local beauty, places that are special to her or to those that commission her paintings. Her work may be found in collections in South Africa, Australia and Canada.

The self-published postcard series dates from…….

JEAN H  Parish Church, HillsboroughNewcastle Jean Hadden

Left to right:Connemara, Co. Galway’. ‘Parish Church, Hillsborough, Co.Down’ and ‘Newcastle, Co.Down’.


Left to right: ‘Saul Church, Downpatrick, Co.Down’ and ‘Wellbrook Beetling Mill, Cookstown, Co.Tyrone’. Second row: ‘Cliffs of Moher, Co.Clare’ and ‘Co.Antrim Coast, N.Ireland’. All of the above from a selection kindly gifted to me by the artist.

Hayes, F W

Ross Castle,Killarney – Raphael  Tuck “Art” Series 999 – Undivided Back.

Hayes, Sydney (18xx -c.1923)

Produced quite a lot of work for Valentines.

A Colleen from Galway VALENTINES Sydney Hayes - CopyAmong the Irish Hills VALENTINES by Sydney Hayes - Copy

Henry, Terence

Yet another talented artist but absolutely no biographical information so far.

Morning FlightTerence Henry Irish Mountain Cottages 7017

Left to right:Morning Flight’ No.9002  and ‘Irish Mountain Cottages’ No.7017 – both by Scholastic Productions, Belfast.

Howard, Fred S

Did you ne’er hear of Kate Kearney – one of a series published by the Pictorial Stationery Co.Ltd., London.

Ingersoll, Scott

Ingersoll, Scott pc

No information available on this artist.  These cards are among several credited to him that I have found online over the years – all of similar style but no other work such as paintings or drawings have surfaced.

Keene, Ezra ‘Elmer’ (1853–1929)

Ezra ‘Elmer’ Keene was born in 1853 in Nottinghamshire to a Quaker family. During the 1870s he switched from being a miller and baker to being an artist and photographer. Elmer married a Yorkshire girl Eliza Darlow and they had 11 children, four of whom became artists. The family moved to Leicester in 1901; Elmer died there in 1929.

He was known for producing card-friendly images in coastal and rural places, often moonlight scenes. Ref:

Elmer Keene was a mainly a postcard artist who painted over 2,000 postcards of landscapes and marine scenes.


Two cards c.1900/10 from the “Chic” series published by Charles Worcester & Co., Bristol.

Livingston, George David (1920 – 1978)

Born in Belfast.

Primarily self-taught he worked as a ‘commercial artist’ for most of his working life. I think he started as a ‘junior artist’ in the publicity department of the Ulster Transport Authority. He then worked as a commercial artist with W.G.Baird, a Belfast printing company. After Baird’s he went through a period of running his own small art studio in Snugville Street, Belfast. He finished his career as an artist/designer with the Belfast Telegraph.

Very much an all-rounder he applied his art skills to a wide range of projects (From a mural for the Kantara Hotel in Portrush to small press advertisements, trademarks and stationery designs).

An outstanding calligrapher and lettering artist he did many illuminated addresses for a wide range of VIPs visiting Belfast (including Royalty and Winston Churchill). He also spent many years lettering the title pages of memorial and pulpit Bibles.

Primarily a landscape painter he exhibited for many years in the Royal Ulster Academy.

A keen cyclist he was an active member of an artists’ cycling club that went sketching at the weekends (The River Lagan was a favoured location). Over the summer they went further afield (The Mournes and Donegal). Costs were kept to a minimum by utilising the extensive network of youth hostels.

I am indebted to the artist’s son, Alan Livingston, for the above information.

David Livingston SCHOLASTIC

“The Mourne Mountains” (No.7015) posted in 1946.


The Road to the Mountains‘ (No.7016)

The latest in a long line of artists used by Scholastic Productions.

Longstaffe, Edgar (1852 – 1933)

A prolific landscape painter of the Victorian era. Longstaffe was born near Derby in Derbyshire, England. During the 1880s he exhibited five times at the Royal Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy.

He was for some years on the staff of Messrs Raphael Tuck & Sons, being sent by them to all the principal beauty spots of the British Isles to obtain sketches for reproduction work in the earlier days of the art picture postcard. He was especially fond of portraying the scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the south west of Ireland, often with cattle, and he excelled in the painting of water.

His cards are most commonly signed with a monogram but sometimes initialled ‘E.L.’ or signed ‘E Longstaffe’.

In Glencar - Longstaffe - Hildesheimer 5231An Irish Homestead pc E LongstaffeNo.5229 – Cloone Lake, Glencar – E.Longstaffe

Left to right:In Glencar’; ‘An Irish Homestead, Bray’ and ‘Cloone Lake, Glencar’.

MacCabe, Gladys M (1918 – 2018)

Gladys MacCabe was born in Randalstown, Co. Antrim, to an artistic couple – her mother Elizabeth was a designer in the linen business, and her father George Chalmers, a former army officer, was an artist specialising in calligraphy and illumination. One of her ancestors was a famous 18th-century Scottish painter, Sir George Chalmers. She had a picture published in the Royal Drawing Society’s magazine when she was 16 years old and went on to study at the Belfast College of Art.

So far I’ve only found two works by the artist on  postcards – “A Fair Day in Ireland” and “Sunday Morning in Donegal” below – but there’s almost certainly more. These were for Scholastic Productions, Belfast, but I haven’t been able to date them due to their being unposted.

Mac Cormack, Pat

Another artist that produced quite a few paintings for Scholastic. Mainly ‘ethnic’ and some fairly rudimentary at that but the best ones hit the spot. I picked up the four shown below for a few pounds on Delcampe. As usual, there’s zero information available about the artist but somebody must know something!

Pat Mac CormackHome from the SeaPat Mac Cormack Passing the NewsTelling the Tale Pat Mac Cormack 2

An Evening Stroll“, “Home from the Sea“, “Passing the News” and “Telling the Tale” – simple but charming!


A further recent acquisition from eBay entitled “Bringing Home the Turf” but no series number!

My latest Pat Mac Cormack acquisition – the first time I’ve seen this card and then three come along within the space of a week. No title or series number.

Maybank, Thomas H (1869 – 1929)

Born Hector Thomas Maybank Webb in Beckenham, Kent, son of William Webb, a school board visitor, and his wife Annie, a china and glass dealer. At the age of eight he was thrown from a horse, injuring his hip. He stayed in St Thomas’ Hospital for two years with the resulting bone disease.

He became a surveyor for the Borough of Croydon, and in his spare time was a musician, singing baritone and playing the piano, organ and cello. He became a full-time artist in 1902, contributing to Punch regularly until 1909. He was the original artist on Uncle Oojah, written by Flo Lancaster, in the Daily Sketch from 1921.

As an artist and illustrator, he was known for his depictions of fairies and pixies and magical landscapes which were used on London Underground advertising posters, prints, and children’s books.

Wayside Gossips Tallon Grafton Street Thos MayBankThe Drag Net Irish Coast Thos Maybank Tallon Grafton StThomas Maybank Eyre & Spottiswood pu 1917

Left to right: “Wayside Gossips” published by Eyre & Spottiswoode – Woodbury Series. “The Drag-Net, Irish Coast” pub. by Tallon, Grafton Street, Dublin – pu 1908. “Torc Mountain from Dinis Island, Killarney” Eyre & Spottiswoode – Woodbury Series 3882 – pu 1917.

Howth Harbour Thomas MaybankThe Devil's Glen Thos Maybank

Left to right:Howth Harbour and Ireland’s Eye” and “The Devil’s Glen, Co.Wicklow” unknown publisher but probably Eyre & Spottiswoode.

McGuinness, Norah (1901 – 1980)

Trinity Norah McGuinness C J FallonFour Courts Norah McGuinness

Two unusual cards from a set published by C.J.Fallon Ltd., 43 Parkgate Street, Dublin.1.

They have a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ about them but I don’t know what it is!

McIntyre, R.F (1846 – 1906)

A London visual artist who exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, the New English Art Club and the Goupil Gallery. His paintings are delicate and often painted in an impressionistic manner.

Killarney McIntyre

‘Killarney, Upper Lake’ – Part of a set of six Irish cards issued by Raphael Tuck in 1904.

Morrison, G.W

G W Morrison - Copy330049

Left to right:By Killarney’s Lakes“, Valentines No.1843 p.u.1950; “McCarthy More’s Castle, Killarney”, Valentines No.A1841 p.u.1950.

Mulholland, Rosalind

Ballywalter pc FRONT

Ballywalter Park, Co.Down from a watercolour commissioned by Lord Dunleath.

Murdoch, Lilian (1911 – 1989)

Lilian Murdoch was born in Islandmagee, Co.Antrim but spent most of her life in Portstewart, Co.Londonderry. During the 1950s she supplied the Scholastic Production Company with material for their range of art cards. These cards are signed L Murdoch.

Newton, G E

Artist whose stormy seaside paintings were used by Raphael Tuck & Sons for a 1904 series of cards.


Above: East Strand, Bundoran, Ireland – “Sapphire Rough Sea” series 6336, printed in Austria. Details of full set here.

O’Connor, John

Probably a self-published card.

O’Hara, Anna

Cork City from St.Patrick’s Hill.


Blackwater Relections (2005)

O’Shea, Roisin

Bunratty Castle, Co.Clare” a John Hinde card.

Porter, Eva

Eva Porter exhibited regularly with the Belfast Art Society (later the R.U.A) from an address on the King’s Road, Knock, in Belfast.

She was active from 1923 – 53 and worked mainly in watercolour, specializing in landscapes and garden scenes.

Eva Potter watercolour

A few of her paintings have been sold at auction, and I was lucky enough to pick up the fine watercolour (above) on eBay for a song. Indeed, the three Eva Porter postcards that I also purchased on eBay cost nearly as much as the original painting! The strange rippled edge to the cards is a dead giveaway to those familiar with the postcards of Scholastic Productions Ltd., Belfast.

SHEEP lower dpicottageWhere the Road Ends Contrast altered from 0 to 4 200dpi

The three cards in my collection: left to right. “Springtime”, “An Old World Cottage”, and “Where the road ends”.

Headlands Eva Porter rebuilt

The latest addition to my collection after months of fruitless searching: “Headlands“.

Roche, Tom

Self-published by Irish artist Tom Roche.

An interesting painting but something’s not quite right as the carriages appear to have no bogies (wheels).

Tom Roche ASHE'S Pub

Ashe’s Pub, Camp, Co.Kerry – published by Dingle Art Gallery and postally used in 1980.

Smith, John S

English artist.

John started drawing from as long back as he can remember. He went to art school just prior to WW2 when he was called up and joined the Royal Navy. He served on the Cruiser HMS Niagara on the Malta and Russian convoys. After the war he continued his art studies and career. His work has been commissioned by most shipping companies and railways companies and his art has been used by many leading publishers in the UK and USA. Source.


Spencer, W G


From a series published by Spencer Healy Productions.

Sprott, Deirdre


The Mellon House at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co.Tyrone.

Stanley, B


Fair Head – Ballycastle from a watercolour by B. Stanley.  A curious one and possibly a one-off self published card of relatively modern vintage.

Stuart, B F (1860-)

After a good deal of research I am now fairly certain the B F Stuart referred to was Barbara Frances Stuart née Harvey, who was married to William Stuart (civil engineer) and living in Co.Antrim at the time of the 1901 Census. She was born in India and came from a well-to-do family and like many of her class would probably have been a proficient amateur artist. This fits with the limited amount of her work which I have come across – just six superb postcards of Rathlin Island by Baird’s of Belfast.

Rathlin House B F Stuart

Rathlin House

Doon Point Rathlin Island Baird Belfast B F Stuart

Doon Point, Rathlin Island – Baird & Co., (Belfast) posted in 1909.

Swanzy, Oliver Adelaide (OAS) (1881 – 1974)

Olive Swanzy, was born in Cannes in the south of France, the daughter of the Reverend Thomas Biddall Swanzy, (Church of Ireland), of Newry, County Down. The Swanzy family, originally from Lancashire, but had been in Ireland since the 1600s.

At the outbreak of WW.I. Olive joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurses and went off to serve at the Western Front. There she tended to soldiers who had been terribly wounded and saw things that nobody should have to see. During that time she made a collection of autograph books, filled with poems, sketches, drawings, stories and cartoons, reflecting the thoughts and fears of soldiers who had been wounded in active service.

After her death, a box of these autograph books and art was discovered in the attic of her home in Rostrevor and this turned out to be such a trove of material that much of it has been on display to the public at the Ulster Museum. Irish writer Carlo Gébler wrote an acclaimed play, ‘The Box‘, based on the collection and story of Olive Swanzy’s wartime experiences.

She never married and continued nursing when she returned from the Western Front, becoming the Matron of Newry Hospital, where she served throughout WW.II. She was prominent in the local St John’s Ambulance Brigade and taught at Sunday School.

In later years she seems to have started some sort of a postcard ‘cottage industry’ and turned out a charming range of hand-coloured cards . These are scarce but are just about the only way of acquiring the artist’s work. They are simple drawings and must have been printed with just the outline and the artist painstakingly colouring in each card as there are subtle differences in cards of the same scene.

Fair Head, from Ballycastle Bathing place. Hand painted but not a one-off!

Newcastle and Slieve Donard….mine at last! Purchased after watching it for at least two years on eBay. The seller in Italy wanted €48 for it – but after no takers I managed to get it for €28 including p+p.

Tallentire, Anne

Anne Tallentire was born in Co Armagh in 1949 and has lived and worked in London since 1984. She studied Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Art from 1986 to 1988.

She supplied John Hinde Ltd with paintings for their Artist card series.

King John's Castle Anne TallentireSt.Lawrence's Gate, Drogheda Anne Tallentire

Anne Tallentire John HInde

Despite being clearly signed by the artist, the credits simply state ‘reproduced from an original Oil Painting by the Irish School of Landscape Painting‘.

Printed and Published by John Hinde Limited, Cabinteely, Co. Dublin.

Trick, Edward William (1902 – 1991)

A painter of watercolour landscapes and buildings who was born in Exeter. He was deaf and dumb, studied art under John Shapland the former headmaster of the Exeter School of Art. His subjects included cathedrals and old churches but most of his work was landscapes including Dartmoor and Exmoor views. He exhibited at the local Exeter Art Society exhibitions.

Produced many views for Valentines and seems to have covered most of the British Isles.

Cave Hill and Castle Belfast E W Trick pc good oneShaws Bridge E W Trick ValentinesBelfast City Hall E W Trick ValentineFour Courts E Trick blue carVale of Avoca E Trick blue car

Way, Barnard (1890 – 1958)


I recently picked up this gem published by Tuck on eBay for a couple of Euros.

A very good bio of the artist may be found here.

Whitmore, Olive 

Olive Whitmore was an American-born equestrian artist and illustrator. She supplied artwork to Scholastic Productions (Belfast) but is probably best known in Ireland for her iconic RDS Horse Show posters.

RDS Horse Show 1950 Olive Whitmore

The Scholastic cards are of hunting scenes. They are un-numbered. Again, there’s virtually no information available online but from what I can gather she was active in the period 1920-1950.

Olive Whitmore 'Gone Away' Scholastic pcWell Cleared O Whitmore pcWhitmore pc

Wilkinson, Norman CBE (1878-1971)

The Antrim Coast Road” one of a series of cards for the Ulster Transport Authority (UTA) published in the 1950s.

Wilks, Maurice C (1911 – 1984)

Maurice Canning Wilks was without a doubt the best known of the artists who supplied Scholastic Productions with artworks.

Born in Belfast 1911, the son of a linen designer, he received his academic education at Malone Public School, Belfast and at Belfast College of Art. Wilks was only nineteen when he won the Dunville scholarship. He later exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and also at the Oireachtas. In his early years as an artist he resided in Cushendun, in the Glens of Antrim. He sketched and painted all over Ireland, but he especially liked the atmosphere of Donegal and the West of Ireland.
He exhibited in London, Montreal, Boston and Toronto and his paintings have been shown at the Royal Academy, London. He had several one man exhibitions at the Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin, and in more recent years at the Walker Gallery, Coleraine; The Malone Gallery, Belfast; The Bell Gallery, Belfast and at the Oriel Gallery, Dublin. In his later years he had a summer studio at Sutton, Co. Dublin which enabled him to paint many scenes of Dublin and Dublin Bay.  He is represented in many public and private collections including the Ulster Museum, Armagh County Museum and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

The auction record for a work by Maurice Canning Wilks was set in 2002, when his painting, entitled ‘Connemara Man’, was sold at Whyte’s, in Dublin, for €33,000. Most of his paintings do not exceed low four-figure sums but even that is beyond me and I’ll happily settle for the postcards.


Most Scholastic cards – at least those that I’ve so far encountered – seem restricted to Ulster and this one of the Lakes of Killarney (No.1001) is something of a rarity.


Irish Cottage by the Sea – Scholastic (No.821).

Trees on the Antrim Coast – watercolour drawing (8″ x 11″) sold at Ross’s -16/1/2019 for £260 and probably the original artwork for the Scholastic (No.6005) The Headlands of Ireland – inset.

Ballintoy, Co.Antrim – oil on canvas (15″ x 20″) sold at Ross’s – 11/9/2019 for £1,100 and while there are small differences it was obviously the original from which the artist produced work for the Scholastic (No.7011) The Cottage by the Sea – inset.

Young, Walter Hayward (1868 -1920)

Educated at Warwick School, Hayward-Young’s work, particularly his postcard designs (of which there are over 800), became renowned worldwide. He wrote a series of articles on Sketching for ‘The Girls Own Paper and Woman’s Magazine’ which were later published as a book under the title ‘Short Cuts to Sketching’.
Hayward-Young signed many of his pieces under the pseudonym ‘Jotter’. In 1912, Hayward-Young designed posters for the London Underground, including one promoting visits to Hampton Court. Wiki.

And that’s it, not much of an entry for an artist who created well over the 800 original works of art referred to above, as well as various posters, book illustrations and other paintings.

Happily for Hayward Young – there’s no hyphen and Hayward was a Christian name – his maturing as an artist coincided with the development of picture postcards and he appears to have been very much in demand. Young produced paintings for quite a number of postcard publishers with the firm of Raphael Tuck & Sons (London) being the principal one. He also produced work for the firms of Arthur Burkart & Co. and Frederick Hartmann both also of London. Ironically, in the light of what was to follow, all three firms were developed by German émigrés.

On the 29th December 1940, a bombing raid on London by the German Luftwaffe, destroyed Tuck’s Raphael House head offices and the records of seventy-four years and 40,000 or more original pictures were reduced to ashes. I assume that this is the reason that so few original “Jotter” paintings turn up at auction. I haven’t established what happened to the collections held at the other London based postcard publishers – anybody able to throw some light on the matter?

There’s a very fine database of Tuck’s output here: and all of Young’s Irish postcards produced for the firm can be found there. I have been on the trail of his Irish work for other companies – that for Burkart & Co. is concentrated on the great Victorian hotels that sprang up to cater for the tourist trade brought to the south and west of the country by the railways.

Salthill & Kingstown from Seapoint

Salthill & Kingstown from Seapoint published by Arthur Burkart & Co. – one of a number painted by “Jotter” in this location.

Ross’ Victoria Hotel, Kingstown, Co.Dublin published by Arthur Burkart & Co., London


Ross’s Hotel, Dun Laoghaire

No artist or publisher indicated but probably dates from post-independence as there’s no sign of the Union flag so prominent in Jotter’s view of the hotel and the name Victoria has also disappeared!

Sunshine House, Private Boarding Establishment, Whitehead, Co.Antrim

Lusk by Hely’s Limited, Dublin.

Nice early card of Portrush but no clue as to artist or publisher – postally used in 1910.

Belfast pc - unknown pub.

Belfast from Castlereach (sic) Hills – probably Castlereagh.


6 thoughts on “Postcard Artists

  1. David,
    You material and comment on Artist Cards are fascinating! I have been collecting postcards for 40 years, but only of my own corner of the country (Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork), and now you have awakened in me, an interest in the above. Probably a bit too old now though David, for me to be starting over but I’ll keep my eyes open all the same.

    Keep up the good work.


    Chris O’Sullivan


    1. Hi Chris,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, Artist Cards are my first love as they are an affordable way to collect art and I enjoy the hunt. Sadly, nearly every artist whose work appeared on cards in the 1940s and 1950s left little footprint and getting biographical details has proved nigh on impossible. Even a major player like Walter Hayward Young “Jotter” who produced many hundred cards left little trace behind him – although I have made contact with a relative and this may produce something.

      I hope that you will have a chance to look in again and perhaps even contribute a piece on your own collection?

      Best wishes.

      David Parks


  2. Excellent site and work. Keep going with it and don’t give-up on the biographies. So many artists, often very good artists, sink into oblivion and anything, however small that remembers them is to the good. A few years ago I knew nothing about postcards, now I know only a little more but am captivated by them. We are building a database of British ornithological postcards and hope to publish the collection online in the next year or so. The emphasis is very much on artists and early photographers.


  3. I stumbled across this wonderful blog while trying to research the artist Olive Whitmore.
    She exhibited at the RHA between 1923 and 1947 (4 times) and she lived at Thornton Lodge, Kilsallaghan, North County Dublin. It’s a small town land between Ashbourne and Swords.
    I got that information by phoning the National Gallery. I also emailed the RHA and I am waiting on a reply.
    You have featured a lot of talented artists who deserve more recognition.

    Keep up the good work,



    1. Hi John,

      Thanks for the kind words! Olive Whitmore is one of my favourite artists too and I have purchased a number of postcards of her work. I was on the point of purchasing an original painting by her last week but missed out. It also carried the Thornton Lodge address on the back. I would be interested to hear if you get any information from the RHA.

      Incidentally, if you’re looking for more Irish artists check-out my latest blog:

      Best regards.

      David Parks


  4. Hi, I know that Arthur Burkart & Co Ltd was also bombed during the war, very little remained except for those already away from the premises at their printers in Edinburgh. The son took over from Arthur, previously Otto Burkart from Germany. The Burkart cards and some original art does turn up from time to time. I am a collector of his art which led me to collect postcards! Some of the art is simply beautiful and very much underrated as the artists in those days lived on the small income they received for each piece. Good artists were turning out one to two pieces each week. If you find any original artwork from Burkart, please contact me.


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