Transformation Playing Cards, 1811

Transformation Playing Cards, 1811

Above: Transformation playing cards, first published in 1811, in which each card bears a picture in which the suit marks are concealed within the design. This artistic exercise began as an 18th century parlour game and became a popular pastime during the Victorian era when ordinary playing cards would be illustrated in pen and paint. Cards from the facsimile edition courtesy Giles de Margary.

A new facsimile is published by the EPCS.

A rough but lively study of a group of men in hats playing cards by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), 1819.

detail from Sketch by JMW Turner


Last Updated February 19, 2019 at 10:52am


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