London, South Kensington
5 October 2006
A fine pack of hand coloured copper etching New Royal Playing Cards with gilt detail
published by Charles Hodes, 27 Portman Street, Portman Square, showing the four continents with maps of the countries, the court cards depiciting figures in national dress and portraits of contemporary figures, diamonds representing Asia, hearts Europe with Catherine the Great, George III and Danton, clubs Africa and spades the Americas with native American indians and George Washington, in original case, circa 1790 (ace of spades missing)
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Charles Howard Hodges 1764-1837 was born in London and became a print dealer, portrait painter and mezzotint engraver in 1794 he left London for Holland where he specialised in engraving Dutch portraits.
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