William Blake’s Shakespeare Playing Cards

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 “Shakespeare, in riper years, gave me his hand...”—William Blake

Take your imagination on a visit to the British Museum while enjoying a game of cards from the comfort of your home. This elegant set of playing cards features some of William Blake’s most beautiful illustrations of Shakespeare subjects. Blake, a visionary painter and poet of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century England, was inspired by characters from some of Shakespeare's most famous works. Blake’s breathtaking watercolors have become synonymous with the Shakespeare plays they depict, and the series is still famous today for the imaginative renderings of the spiritual life of these beloved characters.   

On the Jacks, Kings, and Spades, see Titania and Oberon dance with her fairies, while a mischievous Puck looks on; on the Queens and Clubs, behold The Vision of Queen Katharine, inspired by Katharine’s vivid description of her happy dream in Henry VIII; on the Diamonds, visit the Forest of Arden, where a world-weary Jacques considers a wounded stag, as relayed in As You Like It; and on the back of each card and the Aces, celebrate Shakespeare with a portrait of the Bard himself. 
Presented in a beautiful box, perfect for gift-giving.
Includes: 55 full color playing cards, decorative box. Bridge size.
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