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Cartes Espagnoles: P.14640-R

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Cartes Espagnoles


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20 uncoloured, uncut woodcuts of Spanish playing cards, one of two identical large sheets printed in the late-nineteenth century from an old woodblock onto white laid paper. See also P.14639-R. A printed inscription at the top of the sheet: 'Cartes Espagnoles. / Epreuve tirée sur le bois original donné à M. le Dr Max. Michelin par M. Fanjoux, sous-préfet de Nogent-sur-Seine'; trans.: 'Printed from the original woodblock given to Dr. Max. Michelin by M. Fanjoux, sub-prefect of Nogent-sur-Seine (north central France)'. The cards represented from the four suits of Clubs (bastos), Swords (espadas), Cups (copas) and Coins (oros) are, from top row, left to right: Knight (Caballo) of Clubs (on horseback), King (Rey) of Clubs, Jack (Sota) of Swords, Knight (Caballo) of Swords (on horseback), King (Rey) of Swords; Second row, left to right: Knight (Caballo) of Coins (on horseback), Jack (Sota) of Cups, Knight (Caballo) of Cups (on horseback), King (Rey) of Cups, Jack (Sota) of Clubs; Third row, left to right: Ace of Clubs, Ace of Coins (which contains the coat of arms of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, 1492-1504), Jack (Sota) of Coins, King (Rey) of Coins, Ace of Cups; Fourth row, left to right: Seven of Swords (straight swords, typical of Spanish suits), Eight of Swords, Ace of Swords, Nine of Swords, Six of Swords. The paper is watermarked: 'D & C BLAUW' with a laurel wreath containing a roman numeral 'IV'. The watermark relates to the Dutch paper makers, Dirk and Cornelis Blauw and is commonly seen on paper used for prints by artists in France during the second half of nineteenth century. The British Museum also has an impression. See: 1896,0501.1549.

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Height 512mm x width 390mm

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Accession number: P.14640-R
Primary reference Number: 225224
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Created: Wednesday 5 September 2018 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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