Vienna, 1809, artist-illustrator Vincenz Raimund Grüner (1771–1832) published Kartenalmanach auf Jahr 1810 containing 52 drawings fashioned into a pack of playing cards. The court cards are highly skilled miniature paintings and the hand-colouring exceptionally well done. The transformation of the pip cards is elegant and sensitive. The artist’s monogram, “V.G.R.” appears on the 7 of Spades with the notice “inv.et fecit” showing that he both designed the cards and executed the etchings.
‘Aphorisms on the Kiss’ published by C. A. Solbrig, Leipzig, 1808.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.
The Bristol Pack, an exhibition of playing cards designed by Bristol artists, 2005.
Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.
The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs.
National Gallery (Dutch School) published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1895.
Vanity Fair No.41 Playing Cards by the United States Playing Card Co, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed.
The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979.
A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019.
Dal Negro Bridge set featuring old Vienna pattern courts.
“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996
Palladin Parlour & Playing Cards by Laura Sutherland, published by Palladin Paperworks, Santa Cruz CA., 1983.
Transformation proofs from the John Nixon Scrapbook.
Transformation playing cards by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1876.
“Little Demons” playing cards illustrated by Wayne Anderson, c.1970
“Art for the Earth” Transformation Deck published by Andrew Jones Art for Friends of the Earth, c.1990.
The Car Game with artwork by Barry Rowe, published by Pepys, c.1960.
‘Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol’ with Gaucho designs by Julio F. Parada Seifert capturing the spirit of Argentine country life, 2005.
Transformed playing cards featuring satirical caricatures of political figures then in the ascendant, Paris, c.1819.
‘Dogs’ playing cards showcases 52 canine portraits in four suits as authors, artists, musicians and film stars, illustrated by Chet Phillips, 2016
Peter Wood’s “2000Pips” transformed playing cards reveal the artist’s love of nature.
The Teddy Bear pack of playing cards created by Peter Wood, 1994
“Jeu de cartes comiques” transformation cards designed by Louis Atthalin (1784-1856) and published in 1817.
“Key to the Kingdom” - an enchanted deck - illuminated playing cards designed by Tony Meeuwissen, 1992 based around traditional rhymes and verses
Delta playing cards are a modern art concept deck invented by Professor M. R. Ali, an artist operating under the company name of “Artology International”.
Cartes Recréatives is a set of Transformed playing cards designed by Armand-Gustave Houbigant (1790-1863) and first published by Terquem et May, Metz, in 1819.
“Under the Sea” transformation playing cards, published in 2005 to raise money for the Marine Stewardship Council, an environmental charity which promotes sustainable fishing practices.
Prime Arts Playing Cards were published in 2004 featuring the work of contemporary artists, illustrators and photographers.
Hand-drawn transformation pack dated 1874 with the name Thomas Walters on the ace of spades.
A book titled “On The Cards” or “A Motley Pack” by Garnet Walch (1843-1913) was published in Melbourne (Australia) and illustrated by George Gordon McCrae in 1875.
Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809
An early 19th century set of hand-painted transformation playing cards depicting contemporary scenes from Georgian society
Two similar but fascinatingly different hand-drawn transformation decks by the same artist, c.1875
“Olivia’s Lucky Ladies” glamour model playing cards produced by Ozone Productions Ltd, USA, 2004
Teddy Bear playing cards designed by Peter Wood for Lyons Quickbrew Tea.
Transformation playing cards hand-drawn on a pack manufactured by Hunt’s Playing Card Manufacturing Co Ltd c.1880
Hand-drawn transformation cards, c.1880
“France Royale” Bridge playing cards by Willy Mayrl depict historical characters from France’s royal past.
Transformation playing cards designed by Carl Johann Arnold (1829-1916), the court artist for King Friedrich Wilhem IV of Prussia