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The Harmonious Tarot

by Walter Crane & Ernest Fitzpatrick

The Harmonious Tarot
Price: $22.95

Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.6 x 4.72 inches, or 66 x 120 mm.

Back of card: Employs a nearly identical border as shown on the front, but slightly darker & filling the entire back. Inside, a lot of symmetrical busy-work. May be inverted. A fair contrast to the front of the card.

Booklet included: Yes, 64 pages, 2.6 x 4.74 inches, or 66 x 120 mm. Instructions in English, Italian, Spanish, French & German.

Publisher: Lo Scarabeo. Printed in Italy, imported by Llewellyn Worldwide.

Comments: This deck was inspired by the work of Walter Crane (1845-1915), a socialist/Marxist Art Nouveau artist who lived in England. On page 3 of the booklet that accompanies the cards, there is a statement tying Crane to an imaginary Lady Victoria Westwood, a elderly London-based card reader of the year 1893. So far as I can tell, Walter Crane had no interest in tarot, though did associate with Annie Besant in India (she a major Theosophical figure, both were socialists). Lady Victoria Westwood seems to be a creation of someone at Lo Scarabeo. (Ernest Fitzpatrick is listed as an artist, not a writer.) On the net I found references to "Lady Westwood" as a pornographic alias.

George Bernard Shaw, in Appreciation of Walter Crane (1937), wrote:

Walter Crane was a pleasant soul without a trace of quarrelsomeness which did so much harm to the Labour Movement. Quarrelsome as Labour leaders are, they are angels compared to artists, who are apt to get into little cliques hating each other. I never saw any trace of this in Crane.

H. H. Hyndman, writing about the death of Walter Crane in Justice, (18th March, 1915)

Nobody, not even William Morris, did more to make Art a direct helpmate to the Socialist propaganda. Nobody has had a greater influence on the minds of doubters who feared that Socialism must be remote from and even destructive of the sense of beauty.

The cards are pleasant & rather Victorian. For the second row, above, I've shown one of my personal favorite tarot cards (Two of Cups), along with all the cards showing nudity in this deck. Which are not many, as you can see.

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