Fredeman, A Rossetti Cabinet, 9-10 (plate 70 note).
Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial, 214-215.◦
Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 1 (no. 4).◦
WMR, Family Letters vol. 1, 98-99.
DGR appears to have tried his hand at lithography a few time, including with this
set of playing cards that he printed around 1845. Another instance is his
lithograph Juliette, executed around the same time. The playing-card lithographs derive from a set of drawings in pen, ink, and watercolour that
DGR made in 1840.
The fifty-two drawings are caricatures based on political
and literary figures, including Shakespeare as the King of Hearts and the
Prince Consort as the Knave of Diamonds.