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Published October 14, 2015 Updated May 28, 2022

Vincenz Raimund Grüner 1809

Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809

1809 Austria Grüner Transformation Add to Collection

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.

detail from Transformation cards designed and etched by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809
Transformation cards designed and etched by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809

Above: Transformation cards designed and etched by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809. Images courtesy Barney Townshend.

Book illustration by Vincenz Raimund Grüner (1771–1832)
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By Barney Townshend

Member since October 06, 2015

Retired Airline Pilot, interested in: Transformation Playing Cards, Karl Gerich and Elaine Lewis. Secretary of the EPCS. Treasurer of the IPCS.


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