Hand-drawn Transformation c.1880
Transformation playing cards hand-drawn on a pack manufactured by Hunt’s Playing Card Manufacturing Co Ltd c.1880, a very nice example of the full scope of what was a popular pastime 150 years ago. Transformed packs often contain original scenes and ideas, inspired by topics popular in their day. In this example many of the transformations consist of converting the suit pips into repeating objects, such as insects or flowers, but there are also some fully integrated scenes.
The artist appears to have made several similar packs, perhaps attempting to create a better version (see other example here). It is often the case that practice improves the artist’s hand who then reworks her ideas, returning to make the deck a second time at a later date. It can be seen that the artwork has not been completed in this instance as several cards are untouched.
‘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.
Multum in Parvo published a range of indoor games during the period from 1884-1927.
Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.
The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs.
One Penny Card Games, 1920s.
One Penny Card Games, 1900-1910, mostly anonymous 'Snap' games and made in Germany.
A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896.
Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900.
Snap card game published in UK by Globe (Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher), late 19th century.
Vanity Fair No.41 Playing Cards by the United States Playing Card Co, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed.
A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019.
Zoological Misfitz card game published by C.W. Faulkner.
Palladin Parlour & Playing Cards by Laura Sutherland, published by Palladin Paperworks, Santa Cruz CA., 1983.
Lend Me Five Shillings; or, Her Majesty's Privy Purse by John Jaques & Son, c.1875
Transformation proofs from the John Nixon Scrapbook.
Transformation playing cards by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1876.
“Art for the Earth” Transformation Deck published by Andrew Jones Art for Friends of the Earth, c.1990.
“The Streets of London” published by John Jaques & Son, London, c.1880
“Sefite” card game, Woolley & Co,. Ltd, London, c.1905
Transformed playing cards featuring satirical caricatures of political figures then in the ascendant, Paris, c.1819.
Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards depict royal costumes of four periods in English history, 1893.
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
Woolley & Co produced a range of different quality playing cards, and these “Second Harrys” are towards the cheaper end of the range.
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.
Lovely Victorian family card game with illustrations by the famous humorous artist, cartoonist and illustrator Richard Doyle (1824-1883)
Another late Victorian family card game by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1895 with beautifully illustrated period characters.
“Moods & Faces” round game by Thos de la Rue & Co Ltd,. c.1900.
The Odd Trick - a bit of Edwardian naughtiness.
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
Teddy Bear playing cards designed by Peter Wood for Lyons Quickbrew Tea.