Playing–Card: Queen of Hearts

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1840 December

Physical Description

Medium: pen and ink and watercolour
Dimensions: 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1840 December
Model: Queen Victoria
Note: Surtees notes that DGR portrays “Queen Victoria representing the Queen of Hearts” (1).


Current Location: Robert K. Black
Archival History: WMR; Mrs. Belcher; K. Gregory

Scholarly Commentary


DGR conceived a set of caricature designs intended to form a pack of comic playing cards. The Queen of Hearts is portrayed as Queen Victoria (on a coin) ( Marillier 215).


The image here reproduced from The Bookman, is from an 1846 lithograph.



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    The Bookman (June 1911).
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