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Published March 19, 2023 Updated March 19, 2023

Rembrandt playing cards

Rembrandt playing cards published by the Rembrandthuis (The Rembrandt House Museum) in Amsterdam.

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Produced by Carta Mundi, Belgium and published by the Rembrandthuis (The Rembrandt House Museum) in Amsterdam, this pack is dedicated to the etchings of the Dutch baroque painter and printmaker Rembrandt (1606-1669). The aces display his landscapes, the kings show his self-portraits, the queens feature his wife Saskia, and his genre scenes are on the jacks. His “self-portrait open-mouthed” is on the jokers. The box features “A man playing cards” (1641). See the box

Rembrandt playing cards published by the Rembrandthuis (The Rembrandt House Museum) in Amsterdam Rembrandt playing cards published by the Rembrandthuis (The Rembrandt House Museum) in Amsterdam Rembrandt playing cards published by the Rembrandthuis (The Rembrandt House Museum) in Amsterdam

Above: Rembrandt playing cards published by the Rembrandthuis (The Rembrandt House Museum) in Amsterdam, printed by Carta Mundi.

• For a full list of Rembrandt's etchings see here

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

Russian Playing Cards

Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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