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[Three men playing cards.]
[Three men playing cards.]
E. Van Hemskirke pinx. / J. Smith Fec. et ex. [1704]
Mezzotint with small margins, platemark 185 x 145mm (7¼ x 5¾"). Fine.
Three men gambling. Cards, dice and coins on the table, score marked in chalk. Broadside on wall behind. Engraved by the prolific early mezzotinter John Smith after Egbert van Heemskerck (1634/5-1704). Born in Haarlem, Heemskerck moved to England in the 1670s. His often satirical genre scenes (Quaker meetings were a speciality), derived from those of Ostade and Teniers, were popular with London engravers.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd
[Ref: 34832]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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[Couple playing cards.]
[Couple playing cards.]
[n.d. c.1770.]
Etching and engraving, with dutch text on verso. Plate 77 x 114mm. 3 x 4½". Trimmed to plate.
A anonymous engraving, with two people sat at a table, playing cards by candlelight; a greyhound sits to the right near a large chest.
[Ref: 23339]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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[The Card-Players.]
[The Card-Players.]
D.T.P. / J.V.B.F. [ie. David Teniers pinxit / Jan van der Bruggen fecit]
Mezzotint, platemark 425 x 340mm (16¾ x 13¼). Thread margins; good impression.
Men playing cards and smoking in a tavern, after Dutch painter of genre scenes David Teniers (1610-90), and engraved during the artists' lifetime by his contemporary Jan van der Bruggen (1648/9-1690). Van der Bruggen was example of an early mezzotinter working in France, particularly on this large scale. This same scene was later engraved by the British collector and printmaker Captain William Baillie.
For Baillie's version of the scene, see ref. 12253. Ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 34835]   £360.00  
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[Card Players]
[Card Players] Tra i benefizi, che ci ha fatti Iddio, Non e mica il minor quello del vino.
Fran.co Maggiotto Pinx. Peregrinus de Colle sculp. ap N. Cavalli Venetys.
Engraving, platemark 235 x 300mm (9¼ x 11¾"). Very large margins.
Five men around a table, some playing cards and others smoking pipes. A fire smoulders on the left. Engraved by Pellegrino dal Colle after Venetian genre painter Francesco Maggiotto (1738-1805).
[Ref: 38324]   £220.00  
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Les Joueurs de Cartes.
Les Joueurs de Cartes. Dedié à Messire Joseph de Raousset Comte de Boulbon / D'apres le Tableau original de meme grandeur, Tiré de son Cabinet Par son tres humble Serviteur Basan
D. Teniers Pinx / F. Basan Sculp
A Paris chez Basset, Md d'Estampes, rue St. Jacques, No 64 [c.1750]
Engraving, platemark 340 x 420mm (13½ x 16½"). Very large margins. Water staining to edges.
Men playing cards and smoking in a tavern, after the Dutch painter of genre scenes David Teniers (1610-90). Engraved by François Basan (1723-97), an engraver by training who from the mid 1750s on concentrated on publishing and dealing. He also succeeded the great Mariette as the major Parisian print expert, and authored a standard 'Dictionnaire des Graveurs anciens et modernes' (1767, 2nd ed.1789).
[Ref: 38459]   £260.00  
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Amusement for the Evening.
Amusement for the Evening.
[Anon., c.1773]
Engraving, sheet 175 x 100mm (7¼ x 4").
Card game, with a man caressing a woman while looking at her hand. Probably from the 'Sentimental Magazine'.
[Ref: 46563]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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The Quadrille Party
The Quadrille Party
[Anon., c.1774]
Engraving, sheet 175 x 100mm (7¼ x 4").
Four men and women playing cards. Probably published as an illustration to the 'Sentimental Magazine'.
[Ref: 46564]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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The origin of Cards
The origin of Cards Said to be invented to divert the melancholy of Charles ye 6th King of France about ye year 1390 [...]
[Anon., c.1800.]
Manuscript on laid and 18th century watermarked paper, 3pp, 205 x 160mm (8 x 6¼"). Glued to album sheet.
Manuscript account of the history of playing cards, the significance of the four suits (diamonds, hearts, spades, clubs), the possible identities of the four kings and queens, and the significance of the jacks.
[Ref: 39671]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve.
Painted & Engraved by John Burnet, 1815.
Line engraving, 360 x 260mm. Discoloration.
Scene depicting a card game, by John Burnet (1784-1868). Born in Musselburgh, Edinburghshire, Burnet moved to London in 1806 where he befriended David Wilkie, engraving several plates after the works of that artist. He also produced engravings after Rembrandt, Raphael and other earlier artists besides those of his contemporaries. Burnet was also a respected writer on art.

[Ref: 13644]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve.
Painted & Engraved by John Burnet, 1815.
Etching and engraving. 368 x 285mm (14½ x 11¼"). Trimmed inside platemark; repaired wormholes in the title area.
Inside a cottage, a young woman on the left and an old woman on the right, sitting at a table in the centre, playing cards, a man leaning over the young woman from behind, picking up one of her cards, a child kneeling behind the table, watching the couple, a cat under the table.
[Ref: 28753]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve.
Eng. by G. Beyer.
[n.d. c.1820.]
Engraving on india with very large margins. Plate 246 x 165mm (9¾ x 6½").
A rural scene: inside a cottage where an elderly woman, child and mother sit playing cards. The woman turns towards her husband who reaches over her shoulder to look at her card; mistletoe hangs from the ceiling above them.
[Ref: 34783]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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L'Écarté. Les Salons d'aujourd'hui.
L'Écarté. Les Salons d'aujourd'hui.
Charlotte n... Lith de Villain r de Sévres N.11.
[n.d. c.1825.]
Lithograph, very rare. 240 x 318mm. 9½ x 12½". Trimmed, title cut and pasted.
A salon with gentlemen playing Écarté to the right, with a winged snake-like devil (patterned with the four symbols from a pack of cards) hovering above; to the left, women seated waiting, with cupids flying above. Écarté is a two-player card game originating from France and popular in the 19th century.
[Ref: 19959]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[Playing Cards.]
[Playing Cards.]
W. Dendy Sadler. [Pencil signatures:] W. Dendy Sadler. W Boucher.
Published at 8 Clare Street, Bristol by Frost & Reed, Printsellers of London and Bristol, April 1892 Copyright Registered. Copyright in the United States of America by M. Knoedler & Co. April 1892.
Etching. Remarque of cards to lower right margin. 432 x 550mm. 17 x 21¾".
In the drawing room: two men and two women seated around a table playing cards; a guitar leaning against the stool to the harpsichord.
[Ref: 19637]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Le Petit Jeu de Societe - No=1.
Le Petit Jeu de Societe - No=1.
Lith. de G. Engelmann.
[Paris, c.1818.]
Very rare Lithograph, sheet 290 x 395mm. 11½ x 15½". Tatty extremities, with chips and tears.
A family game in a French interior; two military officers are involved. Playing cards and game counters on the table in front, a poodle sitting at the feet of its master. From a series by Godefroy Engelmann (1788 - 1839), lithographic printer, famed 'Körner' (grinder) for crayon-lithographs, and patentee of chromolithography. He set up a press in Paris in June 1816. He improved lithography, particularly by developing lithographic wash in 1819. Engelmann seems to have placed two images from his own series of prints of scenes from the Napoleonic Wars on the wall behind the group.
[Ref: 12259]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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[The Gambler]
[The Gambler] La joueuse / Chés les Belles de votre age, Philis, soit dit entre nous, / Cartes sont elles d'usage / Lorsqu'il est un Jeu plus doux?
F. Eisen Pere pinx. C.F. Macret sculp.
a Paris chés Buldet rue de Gesvres au grand Coeur [c.1763].
Fine engraving, platemark 405 x 305mm (16 x 12"). Trimmed close to platemark; glued to album sheet at corners.
Scene in trompe l'oeil border with woman playing cards, and verses below pondering the popularity of cards amongst beautiful women. Engraved after François Eisen (c.1695-1778), painter who specialised in such genre pictures in a light-hearted Flemish manner. Eisen's son Charles was also a notable artist, hence the need to identify Eisen as 'Pere' [father] on this print. Part of a series of prints in this format after paintings by Eisen, with texts focusing on love, beauty and deception.
[Ref: 44949]   £590.00  
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[Gaming Table.]
[Gaming Table.]
WRidgway [signed in pencil to lower right.]
London. July 21st 1883 Published by Fairless & Beeforth. Dore Gallery, 35 New Bond Street. W. Copyright Registered. Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1883 by Frank Hunter Potter in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.
Framed, engraving and india. Artist's proof, stamped on left. India. 565 x 954mm (22¼ x 37½"). Some foxing on borders.
Elegant figures gathered in a room with, at centre, people playing cards around a table, engaged in a lively round of Baccarat. Supposedly a group of gamblers at play in Baden Baden, Germany.
[Ref: 23341]   £490.00  
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Grand Misere.
Grand Misere.
Sr. Joshua Reynolds pinx.t F. Bartolozzi sculps.t [c.1790].
Watercolour, sheet 220 x 195mm (8½ x 7¾").
Humorous gambling scene ('grand misère' is a bid in the eighteenth-century card game Boston). Executed by an anonymous amateur artist, the names of Reynolds and Bartolozzi (perhaps the most famous artist and engraver in Britain at the time) are inscribed as part of the joke.
[Ref: 41538]   £260.00  
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Indian Rubber _
Indian Rubber _
Pub march 6 1831 for W. Heath at 56 Quadrant.
Etching. 115 x 178mm. 4½ x 7".
Four black figures playing cards at a table. Slavery interest.
[Ref: 15473]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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Flemish Amusement. The Boorish Family invent Contrivances for Merriment.
Flemish Amusement. The Boorish Family invent Contrivances for Merriment.
A Krause Pinx.t. Wilson fecit.
London, Printed for Robert Sayer, No.53, Fleet Street, Published as the Act directs 1st February 1771.
Mezzotint. 355 x 250mm. Laid on thick paper.
Including card playing.
[Ref: 3636]   £480.00  
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An Exact Representation of the Drawing of the State Lottery As it will take place on Wednesday the 24th day of July 1826 [ms altering and concealing some of printed text]
An Exact Representation of the Drawing of the State Lottery As it will take place on Wednesday the 24th day of July 1826 [ms altering and concealing some of printed text] [14-point key below image]
Engraving with hand-colouring, sheet 330 x 385mm (13 x 15¼"). Glued to backing sheet; trimmed inside platemark; fold and large tear from right.
Extremely rare engraving made in advance of the final state lottery in Britain, in 1826, prior to which it had been running for 130 years. At this time the lottery took place at Coopers' Hall in London.
[Ref: 40816]   £360.00  
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The Representation of the Drawing of the State-Lottery at Guildhall, 1763.
The Representation of the Drawing of the State-Lottery at Guildhall, 1763.
[After Benjamin Cole]
Engraving, 18th century watermark, platemark 185 x 300mm (7¼ x 11¾"). Trimmed to platemark; false margins added.
Interior of the Guildhall in London with lottery drums to either side of a platform. Between them seven officials seated behind draped table, with officials standing at either end handing over drawn tickets. Public in foreground awaiting results. Copy, or altered plate, relating to a plate first issued in the New Universal Magazine as a representation of the 1751 state lottery.
[Ref: 43830]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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[Playing cards] Pictorial Cards.
[Playing cards] Pictorial Cards.
No.31, of R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts &c. Pub.d July 1 1818 [101 Strand, London].
Four fanciful playing cards from one plate, stipples with hand colouring. Sheet 235 x 140mm. 9¼ x 5½".
Numbered 'Plate 3, Vol. VI' upper right, from Rudolph Ackermann's 'Repository of Arts' periodical, published from 1809-1829. The formal title of the publication was "Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics", and it discussed and illustrated day to day life, and influenced English taste in fashion, architecture and literature.
[Ref: 18944]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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[Playing cards] Pictorial Cards.
[Playing cards] Pictorial Cards.
No.26, of R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts &c. Pubd. Feby. 1 1818 [101 Strand, London].
Four fanciful playing cards from one plate, stipples with hand colouring. Sheet 235 x 140mm. 9¼ x 5½".
Numbered 'Plate 9, Vol. V.' upper right, from Rudolph Ackermann's 'Repository of Arts' periodical, published from 1809-1829. The formal title of the publication was "Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics", and it discussed and illustrated day to day life, and influenced English taste in fashion, architecture and literature.
[Ref: 18945]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Lusores.
Lusores. Ludus enim genuit trepidum certamenm et iram : Ira truces inimicitias, et funebre bellum. Hor. I. Epist. 19. E Tabula in Ædibus Barberinis Romæ asservata.
Michelangelo da Caravaggio pinxit. Johannes Volpato sculpsit Romæ 1772.
[Rome: Gavin Hamilton, 1772.]
Etching. 275 x 325mm (10¾ x 12¾") very large margins.
A naive young man in the company of two card sharps: one glances at the young man's cards and gestures towards the other player, who reaches for cards hidden in his belt. To the left is a backgammon board. A plate from Hamilton's 'Schola Italica Picturae'.
[Ref: 44050]   £260.00  
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For Exportation Fifty Pounds Penalty if Relanded & Twenty Pounds if Sold or Used in Great Britain.
For Exportation Fifty Pounds Penalty if Relanded & Twenty Pounds if Sold or Used in Great Britain.
[n.d. c.1780.]
Engraving. 102 x 70mm. 4 x 2¾".
A motif used on playing cards by I. Hardy and I. Kirk during the 18th century.
[Ref: 23338]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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[Children building a house of cards.]
[Children building a house of cards.]
Car. Coypel 1725 [in image.] F. Joullain Sculp.
A Paris chez G. Duchange rue St. Jacques [n.d., c.1730].
Fine etching, 230 x 160mm. 9 x 6¼". A nice impression, with thin margin outside the plate mark.
Two children assembling a house of playing cards on a fancy upholstered table or stool; the boy behind the girl holds his finger to his lips mischievously, both smiling. Four lines of whimsical verse below. This is the fourth state of the print, with the publisher's address added. After Charles Antoine Coypel (French, 1694 - 1752).
BM 2002,0728.25.
[Ref: 26215]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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Pictorial Cards.
Pictorial Cards.
No. 37 of R.Ackermann's Repository of Arts &c., Pub.d Jan.y 1 1819.
Coloured aquatint. Sheet 240 x 150mm, 9¼ x 6". Stitch marks in left edge.
Designs for four court cards: the Queen of Hearts and King of Clubs in Romanesque style; and Eastern Kings of Spades and Diamonds.
[Ref: 27020]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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[Playing Cards.]
[Playing Cards.]
E. Tilbargh pinx: Lorenz Quaglio del: 1818.
Early & fine German lithograph, very rare. Sheet 411 x 502mm (16¼ x 19¾").
A rustic interior of men playing cards at a table in the centre; a man and woman stood by a fireplace to the right.
[Ref: 30425]   £290.00  
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The Queen of Hearts.
The Queen of Hearts.
F. Rochard. W.H. Egleton.
London, Published July 24, 1852, by Lloyd, Brothers & Co. 22, Ludgate Hill.
Mixed-method engraving with added colour highlights. 438 x 326mm. 17¼ x 12¾".
A young maiden in a hooded cape holding some playing cards in her hands and pointing at the Queen of Hearts.
[Ref: 22729]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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The Raffle for the Watch. From the Picture in the Vernon Gallery.
The Raffle for the Watch. From the Picture in the Vernon Gallery.
W. Bird, R.A. Painter. G. Greatbach, Engraver. Size of the Picture. 1. FT, 11½ IN. By 1. FT, 5 IN.
Printed by G. Virtue. London, Published for the Proprietors. [n.d. c.1860.]
Engraving. 247 x 303mm. 9¾ x 12". Small tear/nick along lower edge.
The scene takes place is a country public house, the landlord holds up the watch while the subscribers enrol their names.
[Ref: 25186]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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Je cherche le bonheur.
Je cherche le bonheur.
Rousseau del. Lemaire scul.t.
Se Vend à Paris Chez Joubert et Bance, rue J.J. Rousseau, No 10. Et Rue Porte-foin, No 15, Près le Temple. Deposé a la Bib.e Imp.le.
Stipple and roulette. 355 x 290mm.
A woman playing solitaire/patience.
[Ref: 7578]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Whist.
Whist.
Drawn by W.H. Pyne. Engraved by G. Hunt. Etched by Smart.
Published by Pyall & Hunt, 18, Tavistock Str.t Covent Garden.
Etching and aquatint with fine hand colour. Sheet 240 x 325mm (9½ x 12¾"). Creases.
Social satire: groups of men and women in an interior playing cards at round tables; an officer in full dress uniform with sword and plumed helmet admires himself in a looking-glass at right. William Henry Pyne (1769-1843) was an English writer, painter and illustrator, who first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1790. He specialized in picturesque settings including groups of people rendered in pen, ink and watercolour. Pyne was one of the founders of Royal Watercolour Society in 1804.
BM Satires 15011. Hickman: p.107.
[Ref: 27999]   £280.00  
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