Celebrating the100thAnniversary of the Rider-Waite Deck, the PamelaColmanSmith Commemorative set will be cherished by all tarot collectors and art lovers.
The deluxe set includes the Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck and two books; The Artwork and Times of PamelaColmanSmith, by Stuart R. Kaplan and Lynn Araujo, with over 100 examples of her non-tarot art, andThe Pictorial Key to the Tarotby Arthur Edward Waite, in a new format. The Smith-Waite Centennial Edition Tarot Deck is reproduced from the original 1909 deck and comes with a 78-card deck with drawstring organza bag.
The set also includes: 2 prints of PamelaColmanSmith, one photo and one self-portrait, both 5” x 7” suitable for framing; six color postcards of artwork by PamelaColmanSmith; and Spread Sheet Guide. Everything is attractively packaged in a deluxe keepsake case.
About PamelaColmanSmith She was born February 16, 1878, in Middlesex, England to American parents. Her childhood years were spent between London, New York, and Kingston, Jamaica. During her teens, she traveled throughout England with thetheatrecompany of Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. Thereafter, she began formal art training at the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, graduating in 1897.
Although American by birth, she returned to England, where she became a theatrical designer for miniaturetheatre, and an illustrator -- mainly of books, pamphlets and posters.
Around 1903, she joined the Order of the Golden Dawn. In 1909, under the guidance of Arthur Edward Waite, she undertook a series of seventy-eight allegorical paintings described by Waite as a rectified tarot pack. The designs, published in the same year by William Rider and Son, exemplify the mysticism, ritual, imagination, fantasy, and deep emotions of the artist.
PamelaColmanSmith would all but be forgotten except for the seventy-eight tarot paintings known as the Rider-Waite Tarot pack. She would no doubt be astonished and gladdened to know that today the deck touches the hearts and emotions of millions of people.
Size :Case measures 5.25" x 7.25" x 3" ; Cards measure 2.75" x 4.75"