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More Incredible Envelope Portraits by Mark Powell

Artist Mark Powell, whose work we've shared in the past, draws some extraordinarily realistic ink portraits of sweet, wrinkled faces on antique envelopes that date as far back as the mid-19th century. Since he first impressed us with his envelope portraits, the Londoner has continued to expand his collection of heartwarming works, forcing us to share some of the incredible, detailed renditions he has added to his growing portfolio.

Each envelope that Powell transforms maintains its original adornment of stamps and handwritten mailing addresses, giving it an authentic feel and adding a bit of history, as is the artist's intention. The visage of these matured subjects only serve to accentuate the mapping of time. Their frail faces are masked atop an equally fragile, folded sheet of paper, creating a sort of invisible timestamp.

Due to the delicacy of the envelopes, it would prove to be unwise to enter them back into the postal system, but it would be absolutely amazing if the artist offered custom postcard printing services of these images, to continue to mail these historical envelopes. In the meantime, Powell has prints of these works for sale through his shop on Society6.

Mark Powell website


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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