London: W. Spooner, 1835-40. Item #04194
Henry Heath's 'Trump Card' Puns
The Complete Suite of Twelve Hand Colored Lithograph Plates
HEATH, Henry. Heath's Court Beauties No 1. [-12]. London: W. Spooner, [ca. 1835-40].
Quarto (11 1/4 x 8 7/8 inches; 285 x 225 mm.). Complete set, loose as issued, of twelve hand-colored lithographs. Some scattered foxing and marginal soiling, a few small expertly repaired marginal tears, but overall an excellent and complete set of this exceptionally rare suite of plates.
Loose as issued. Chemised in a chamois-lined folder within a half black morocco over red cloth clamshell case, spine with five raised bands, decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt.
1. I say, Mister, dont you know this is my Crib? The Deuce it is! then take one for your Nob.
2. Hello! what a Game! here's a Miss Deal!
3. Give you the Deal, eh? No, we'll cut for it to be sure!
4. You Shuffling Vagabonds, I'll let you see Clubs is Trumps
5. If you play, Spades ------ I shall Trump-it and no mistake!
6. A pretty good Crib this at starting "Fifteen 2, Fifteen 4, Fifteen 6, and a Pair's 8".
7. The Deuce take my Tray --- it has unfortunately given you the point!
8. I see Miss you stand well, for you make quite a display with your hand.
9. Bless me in cutting the Cards, I've turned up a Queen!
10. There my Lad, take that! you see I'm High-Game! dont you? Yes, Marm, and I am Low-Jack!
11. My little Queen! She's a real Trump, and one of the Handsomest too!
12. Heres a Shew of Spades, and not a trump to be seen.
This series of visual puns inspired by the four playing card suits, each one captioned below, is rarely, if ever found complete.
According to OCLC there are no copies located in libraries and institutions worldwide.
"Henry Heath (fl. 1822–1842), caricaturist, is a shadowy figure. Because of a similarity in style between William and Henry Heath and their collaboration on three prints, it has been suggested that they were related, even as brothers (George, Catalogue, 9.liv). Henry Heath etched theatrical portraits from 1822 and both social and political caricatures from 1824, his work being published by Fores and Gans. In 1831 he started to imitate the political caricatures of HB, changing from etching to lithography and adopting the monogram HH. About this time various sets of his comic vignettes in the manner of George Cruikshank were issued and were collected in 1840 under the title of The Caricaturist's Sketch Book; in the 1830s he also drew cockney sportsmen, following the example of Robert Seymour. One cartoon by him was published in Punch in 1842. In the same year he drew some amusing caricatures of Queen Victoria's visit to Scotland, after which, according to M. H. Spielmann (The History of Punch, 1895, 452), he emigrated to Australia. Dorothy George called him ‘a competent and versatile but very imitative caricaturist’ (George, Catalogue, 10.xliv)" (Oxford Online DNB).
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