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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
  • Creator(s)

    Anonymous, 17th century (designer)

  • Rye House Plot: playing cards.

    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Hertfordshire [England]
              • Rye House [Hertfordshire]
    • History
      • History of Europe
        • History of England & Great Britain
        • General medieval and modern history (European history)