Beggar’s opera playing cards

cards mounted with photo corners onto 3 display boards, encapsulated in clear plastic, each board 40 x 54.5 cm

Each card shows music and lyrics from John Gay’s Beggar’s opera and a small standard playing card inset in the upper left corner; red suits with stencil colored pips; no tax stamp; maker’s details on king of clubs, 10 of spades and ace of hearts.

  • Printmaker: Bowles, Carington, 1724-1793, printmaker.
  • Title: [Beggar’s opera playing cards].
  • Publication: [London] : Printed for Carington Bowles, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London, [approximately 1770]

Catalog Record

File 55 G25 S770++

Acquired June 2023

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