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Card game - The Good Child's Cabinet of Natural History
  • The Good Child's Cabinet of Natural History
    Wallis, John
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The Good Child's Cabinet of Natural History

  • Object:

    Card game

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    04/01/1813 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wallis, John (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured etchings on card

  • Museum number:

    E.1807&:1 to 32-1954

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Costume, Play and Learn Gallery, case 6 []

This is an instructive card set rather than a game. Children would have been encouraged to learn the text and be able to answer questions, though not as a competitive question and answer game. There are 32 cards in total, each with a picture and description. The texts are sometimes inaccurate and some of the drawings do not represent the animal very well.

Physical description

Design: hand coloured etchings and letterpress
embellished with 32 fine engravings. volume 1 beasts

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

04/01/1813 (published)

Artist/maker

Wallis, John (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured etchings on card

Dimensions

Height: 10.1 cm, Width: 6.6 cm

Object history note

This is an instructive card set rather than a game. Children would be encouraged to learn the text and be able to answer questions, though not as a question and answer game.
Texts are sometimes inaccurate and the drawings may hardly represent the animal chosen.
See also the Infants's Cabinet of Fishes.

Games & Puzzles, - CGG, 1991

Historical context note

Rewards: n/a
Forfeits: n/a
No. of Players: any
Equipment required: 32 cards including the title card, each with an illustration of an animal and descriptive text
wooden box with sliding lid and an engraved pictorial label lettered A NEW EXHIBITION OF BEASTS.

Descriptive line

Boxed set of cards, The Good Child's Cabinet of Natural History, published in England by John Wallis in 1813

Categories

Games

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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