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Card game - The Infant's Cabinet of Fishes
  • The Infant's Cabinet of Fishes
    John Marshall, born 1756
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The Infant's Cabinet of Fishes

  • Object:

    Card game

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1801 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Marshall, born 1756 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, hand-coloured card and bound paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. C. Lawson Smith

  • Museum number:

    E.427-1937

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This educational game comprises 27 cards and a small booklet. It is called, 'A History of Fishes Volume II' and it has descriptions of 30 fish. The fish cards each have a hand coloured etching of a fish with its name and a reference to where it appears in the 'History of Fishes'. Makers of board and card games were very specific about dates, and along with the publisher's name and address, the date of publication - October 3, 1801, appears on the cards. This dolphin fish is not what we regard as a dolphin today.

Physical description

Wooden box with sliding lid that has an illustration of a fishbowl containing three fish on a table in a garden. The box is lined with pink paper and contains twenty-seven cards and a small printed booklet. One of the cards is from a different set and has a picture of a 'Chinese Manderine' (sic). The other twenty-six cards are incomplete sets from two volumes - twelve from Vol I and fourteen from Vol II. The booklet is titled A History of Fishes Volume II and has descriptions of thirty fish. The fish cards each have a hand coloured etching of a fish with its name and a reference to where it appears in the History of Fishes. Also on the card is the publisher's name and address and date of publication, October 3 1801.

The animals and activities depicted are: 'Porcupine Fish', 'Charr', 'The Whale Fishery', 'Opah or King Fish', 'Nasal Notocanthus', 'The Herring Fishery', 'Carp', 'Bleak', 'Cat-Fish', 'Banded Perch', 'Paper Nautilus', 'Yellow Loricaria', 'Shooting Fish', 'Sword-Fish', 'Angel Fish', 'Red Scarus', 'Lump-Fish', 'Dolphin', 'Spotted Gurnard', 'Pike', 'Bib', 'Bream', 'Hermit Crab', 'Red Perch', 'Scarlet Carp', 'Oysters', 'Lobster'.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

1801 (published)

Artist/maker

John Marshall, born 1756 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, hand-coloured card and bound paper

Marks and inscriptions

THE INFANT'S CABINET OF FISHES
Made and Sold by John Marshall No. 4 Aldermary Church Yard London
Printed on lid

Dimensions

Length: 9.1 cm box, Width: 6.3 cm box, Height: 4 cm box, Length: 7.4 cm cards, Width: 4.7 cm cards

Object history note

Given to the Museum in 1937 by C. Lawson Smith [1937/1838]

Descriptive line

Boxed set of cards, The Infant's cabinet of Fishes, published in England by John Marshall in 1801

Materials

Wood; Paper

Techniques

Hand colouring; Technique; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Subject; Fishermen; Dolphin; Pike; Fish; Carp; Angelfish; Oyster; Catfish; Whalers; Crab; Lobster

Categories

Games; Education & Learning; Animals and Wildlife

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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