There may be more Ida Rentoul Outhwaite cards in this series, does anyone know ?
The series is of 24. I have only seen the first 6 and they are all Ida. Numbered 1,2,3,4,5,6.
‘Connoisseur Collection’ cards.
Published 1978 by ‘Athena International of London.
At least six Ida Rentoul Outhwaite reproductions:
No 1 THE NIGHTINGALE
No 2 FAIRY FROLIC
No 3 THE BUTTERFLY FERRY
No 4 THE CRYSTAL GAZER
No 5 KNEW THAT THE SPARK SPRITE MUST BE FLYING
No 6 ANNE PLAYS THE PIPES
All cards mention being ‘first series of twenty-four’ I have not seen any of the other eighteen cards, but I feel it’s unlikely they are all of IRO pictures. Does anyone know ?
These cards are A5-size, with rounded corners and are not postcards. However they are worth a mention and the reverse is a blank space with a border, clearly intended for notes or a message.
Around this time Athena also published a proper postcard using Ida’s work.
There are at least two very large posters that were published at the same time as these cards, by Athena International. The two known ones are:
- The Nightingale
- The Butterfly Ferry
Although they were made in 1976, well after Ida's passing and may not even be officially licenced, the two posters are the largest reproductions of Ida's illustrations that I have seen. They are great posters. One was in England, one was in USA.