This is a gentle and delicate representation the Our Lady. She is attending to a dove, and as is the custom in Victorian holy cards, the dove represents the you and I. The holy card meant to remind us of the delicate and intimate relationship we have with her. We think perhaps the trompe-l’oeil lilies and the wing of the dove outside the circle indicate that we have gone to her realm in prayer, as we do. We love this image. The inscription means, “Faithful virgin, Pray for Us. Bring to your loved ones the benefits of your goodness.”
Boumard Fils, also known as Boumard et Fils, was a family-run publisher of religious art, active at the beginning of the twentieth century. Boumard Fils was located in the Saint-Sulpice neighborhood of Paris, the center of the religious printing industry in France. The artwork on their earlier cards, such as this one, is exemplary of the Saint-Sulpician style, which tends towards the sentimental. We think the sentiment in this picture is just right, delicate and gracious, and it gladdens our hearts. It is a lovely reminder of the relationship we can have with the Blessed Mother.
(sources: Ohiolink.edu and The Mysterious Sofia by Stephen Andes)
Standard size. Easy to find a ready-made frame at your local Hobby Lobby. We recommend a wooden frame for this one, of course, either stained or one of the colors in the painting that match your walls. If you're sending this as a gift and would like us to frame it for you, please convo and we'll make special arrangements for you.
– 8.5 x 11" acid-free paper
– Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
– Cardboard backer
– Above story of the art
– Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.
** IMPORTANT ** There is about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture, so the image is smaller than the paper.
Thanks for your interest!
Sue & John