Sunday, July 07, 2013

Artist's inspiration

Here is a postcard illustrated by the artist Frédéric Régamey. It is an advertisement for Vin Mariani which was Bordeaux wine treated with coca leaves. Here you see examples of before, during and after.  The wine extracted the cocaine from the leaves which very much altered the drink’s effect (Queen Victoria drank it too!!). The wine was exported to the US where it was eventually replaced by Coca-Cola during the prohibition. While researching Vin Mariani and Frédéric Régamy I was interested to discover that he made the drawings from his own autoportrait – useful information for me as his brother was also F Régamy (Félix) and drew in a very similar style…

Frédéric Régamey

The postcard is in very poor condition and is over 110 years old. Thank you to Wikipedia for the drawing and information


A Lady's Life said...

Imagine the things we learn from the past lol

Anji Knutsen said...

A Lady's Life: I don't think I'll ever be bored with it.