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Playing card

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (printed)

  • Date:

    1748 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Visentini, Antonio, born 1688 - died 1782 (etcher)
    Zuccarelli, Francesco, born 1702 - died 1788 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching, coloured by hand

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case HOLD, shelf 2, box K

Physical description

Playing card from a pack of 52, illusrtated with a biblical scene, the suit sign coloured by hand, being Discs (yellow), Diamonds (pink), Hearts (lavender) and Jars (buff); each card illustrates an episode from the Old Testament and bears within the suit sign an emblem whose significance is explained in the text below the illustration. The cards are not numbered but each is lettered with capital or lower-case letters. In a contemporary slip-case of stamped leather.

Place of Origin

Italy (printed)


1748 (printed)


Visentini, Antonio, born 1688 - died 1782 (etcher)
Zuccarelli, Francesco, born 1702 - died 1788 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching, coloured by hand

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered with descriptive text in Italian and with 2 lines of Italian and 2 lines of Latin verse


Height: 10.2 cm card, Width: 5.7 cm card, Height: 11.11 cm size of case, Width: 6.03 cm size of case, Depth: 2.86 cm size of case

Descriptive line

Antonio Visentini after designs by Francesco Zuccarelli. Playing card from a pack of 52 with biblical scenes, 1748.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1953 London: HMSO, 1963
Hargrave, Catherine Perry. A History of Playing Cards and a Bibliography of Cards and Gaming. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1930. xxiv p. 468 p. incl. illus.


Printing ink; Watercolour


Etching (printing process); Hand-colouring


Playing cards & Tarot cards; Entertainment & Leisure; Biblical Imagery; Prints; Games


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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