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Anonymous, 17th century

Playing cards with scenes of the Rye House Plot 1683-84

Etching | RCIN 813094

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Pictorial playing cards became popular in the late seventeenth century, and plots against the monarchy – both historical and contemporary – often served as subject matter. This incomplete pack depicts events of the Rye House Plot of 1683, including a portrait of its ringleader Richard Rumbold. A pack of cards might typically cost less than a shilling, ensuring that topical subject matter was circulated to a wide audience. Cat. 180