'Bridge'1."May I Play To Hearts?"/ 2."I Double Hearts"/ 3."Chicane"/ 4."Ruffing A Black Suit"
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1904 by The Fine Art Society Ltd. in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington. London Published 1904 by The Fine Art Society, 148, New Bond Street. Copyright registered.
Set of four chromolithographs on india laid paper, with vignettes of playing cards in the margin and etched remarques lower left. Images 291 x 410mm, sheets 475 x 608mm. Unfaded impressions, full sheets, with occasional spotting, on board.
A fine example of one of the most highly regarded sets of bridge prints. A young couple, clergyman and retired army officer are around the table, and, with the exception of the last, these same characters feature in a charming sub-narrative in the remarques. The painter and illustrator Lance Thackeray (d.1916) is best known for his comic sporting illustration art, especially billiards and golf, and his humorous postcards. He was also an author, of 'The Light Side of Egypt' and 'The People of Egypt'. Along with Cecil Aldin and other noted artists, he was one of the founders of The London Sketch Club, a graphic artists' club in Chelsea.
[Ref: 7836] £1,600.00