The National Gallery earlier this year mounted an exhibition of Jack Yeats’ sketchbooks, the drawings and sketches which he made in the note books he almost always carried with him. They represent his many interests – political and sporting events, the west of Ireland, faces and situations that appealed to him – and so forth. The post card shown here was sent to a friend in Trinity College Dublin in December 1902 and is now in An Post’s archive collection. It is a quick, ephemeral little thing but there is drama and verve in the red-coated fiddler seated high up on a table as he plays at a party or wake perhaps. Such hand-illustrated post cards are often very attractive examples of postal art.