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print / playing-card

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Tarot pack: complete pack of 78 mounted playing-cards for cartomancy, plus title lettered "Grand Etteilla" cut from the original wrapper, and booklet of instructions, pasted (at the British Museum) into a book with each page containing two cards, with the exception of the page containting the title. The suit-marks are cups, coins, clubs and swords.

    Hand-coloured etching, letterpress
    Backs printed with a pattern of pink dots (according to Willshire)
    Early 19th Century


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1800-1850 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 115 millimetres
    • Width: 65 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        On the letterpress wrapper is "Grand Etteilla ou Tarots Égyptiens Composé de 78 Cartes ou 118 Tableaux Symboliques avec L'Instruction pour La Maniere de le Tirer."
  • Bibliography

    • Willshire 1876 French 81 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Playing-cards Willshire F.81)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1860 (old BM Library stamp 12 April 1860)

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 7913.aa (Old British Museum Library press mark)


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