Each of the 54 cards in this pack displays a photograph of some of the major holdings housed within the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, including art works by Rubens, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt; sculptures and applied art by Fabergé, Michelangelo, Rodin, etc. The name of the work and the artist is given in both English and Russian.
The Hermitage in St Petersburg was founded in 1764, and is now one of the largest museums in the world with over 3 million items dating from the Stone Age to the present, housed within five interconnected buildings, including the Winter Palace (the official residence of the House of Romanov from 1732 to 1917), the Small, Old, and New Hermitages, and the Hermitage Theatre.
The Hermitage holds one of the world’s richest collections of western European painting since the Middle Ages, including many masterpieces by Renaissance Italian and Baroque Dutch, Flemish, and French painters, together with sculpture, and applied art from the 13th to the 20th centuries. The Hermitage also has extensive holdings of Asian art; especially its collection of the art of Central Asia.
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.
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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Scenic Tarock deck produced by Fabrique de Cartes J. Müller & Cie (Schaffhouse), Suisse.
‘Branle’ playing cards inspired by a 12th-century dance, produced by Noir Arts, USA, 2015.
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.
Official souvenir pack showing 52 coloured exhibits from the New York World’s Fair, 1964-6.
‘Century of Progress’ Exposition playing cards produced by Western Playing Card Company, USA, 1933. ...
Multicoloured Belgian/Genoese pattern cards, probably printed by Fournier for Lebanon.
New York City souvenir playing cards with 53 different views of interest, USA, 1915.
Nation’s capital souvenir playing cards published by the United States Playing Card Company, USA, 19...
Kyoto Souvenir playing cards by Nintendo aimed at the up and coming tourist industry, 1950s.
A celebration of some of Ireland’s most famous patriots, politicians and poets.
Calendar events and visitor attractions to be found in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Alaska scenic playing cards featuring scenes of Alaskan life, USA, c. 1960.
Presidential playing cards with portraits from Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, USA.
Bold designs by Jacques Auriac representing people and enterprises for which the town of Issy-les-Mo...
‘Amusements and Attractions’ playing cards showing the fun and excitement of America’s amusement par...
Pack devised by Volker Scheub depicting characters associated with the city of Tübingen.
Theatre of Pain / Teatr boli playing cards depicting politicians and leaders in the Caucasus territo...
Famous people and places of the Somme department in northern France, with designs by James Hodges.
Museo del Prado: Pintores y familias reales / Painters and royal families playing cards.
Ases de la pintura / Masters of painting playing cards made by Naipes Comas, Spain, c.1990.
Soviet and other Communist celebrities depicted on every card, designed by Vladislav Pankevitch.
Art Genius playing cards with illustrations by Rebecca Clarke and published by Laurence King Publish...
‘Scarfes Bar’ satirical playing cards with cartoons by Gerald Scarfe, United Kingdom.