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Colquhoun’s Tarot Pack


In 1977 Ithell Colquhoun painted a full, 78 card, Tarot pack to her own unique designs. She exhibited them that year but then they disappeared from view. Over 25 years later, in 2002, Richard Shillitoe discovered them, covered with dust and cobwebs, in an outbuilding near Truro. Recognising them for what they were, he passes the information on to Adam McLean, the noted Scottish authority on the Tarot. He, too, recognised their importance. At the time, McLean was publishing a series of handmade Art Tarot packs, each in a strictly limited edition. He published Colquhoun’s Taro (she always used this spelling, believing it to be historically correct) in 2009 in an edition of 100 numbered copies. The edition sold out and is virtually unobtainable today.

A pack is held in the library at Tate Britain. Packs have been exhibited at Manchester City Art Gallery, Tate St Ives, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Pallant House, Chichester and elsewhere.

The cards are high-quality laser printed, hot laminated and have curved corners. The backs are plain. The cards are contained in the original custom made box which measures 125 x 85 x 30 mm.


14 cards from Ithell Colquhoun’s Taro Card pack entitled ‘Major Arcana’. Top row: ‘The Four Magi’; Middle row: ‘The Five Daughters’; Bottom row: ‘The Five Lords’.




You can win the entire 78-card set of Colquhoun’s Taro Cards by pre-ordering Medea’s Charms: Selected Short Writing of Ithell Colquhoun. Orders will be entered into a random prize draw. Orders after 30 September 2019 will not be entered into the draw. The winner of the pack will be announced on 12 November 2019 after a special event at the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities.




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