John Duncan: The Riders of the Sidhe, 1911 (detail)
John Duncan (1866-1945) was born in Dundee and studied at the Dundee School of Art from an early age. He was a great experimenter with techniques and much of his work is in tempera. His subject-matter was rooted in the Celtic Revival and the Pre-Raphaelite tradition, but there is a certain graphical quality which sets it apart from his contemporaries and likens it to Art Nouveau. While the subject matter is thoroughly Celtic Revival, he is generally referred to as a Symbolist.
The Riders of the Sidhe depicts the Sidhe, or the Celtic Fairies, a divine race who inhabit the six Celtic nations (Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Mann); perceived only in visionary states of mind and usually at liminal places such as stone circles, sacred groves, wells and fairy hills or fairy glens.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-1142: card size 6" x 6" (150mm x 150mm)