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Published September 30, 2014 Updated June 11, 2022

Hermits

Playing cards depicting imagined residents of St. Petersburg with illustrations by Alexei Bobrinsky.

Russia Nage Cards Alexei Bobrinsky Fantasy 2014

Hermits of St. Petersburg

Slightly whacky playing cards depicting imagined residents of St. Petersburg with plans of the major palaces and houses of the capital, based on book illustrations by Alexei Bobrinsky. The playing cards were published by order of the State Hermitage to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum founded by Catherine II in 1764  read more →


Above: “Hermits: Petersburg Tale” playing cards published to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum founded by Catherine II in 1764. Manufactured by Nage Cards, St. Petersburg, 2014. Images courtesy Valentin Krasavin.

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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