LOST ENVOY TAROT REVIEW
A hand-painted, seventy-nine-card Tarot deck designed c.1906 by the artist and mystic Austin Osman-Spare. Reproduced in full, along with modern images and text.A seventy nine-card hand-painted tarot deck, designed c.1906 by the artist and mystic Austin Osman Spare was found in the collection at The Magic Circle Museum in London.
Austin Spare’s fascination with cartomancy is well-documented but only a handful of his fortune-telling cards are believed to be preserved. This new and compelling example of his early work shows his early involvement in the currents that formed his work during the British Occult Revival at the beginning of the 20th century, and also his interaction with a number of the period’s political and artistic leaders, such as Aleister Crowley, Arthur Ivey, Sylvia Pankhurst as well as Pamela Colman Smith.
LOST ENVOY TAROT CARD DETAILS
Magic Circle Museum curator and artist Jonathan Allen set about tracing the history of the deck, its place within the art world and in the larger history of cartomancy, possibly changing the course of the popular Tarot in the early 20th century.Lost Envoy reproduces Austin Spare’s Tarot deck completely to the world for the first time along with brand new written and visual contributions by Jonathan Allen, Phil Baker, Helen Farley, Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill, Sally O’Reilly, and Gavin Semple.