Pamela Colman Smith’s Russian Ballet


Another chance find at the Internet Archive. This small book from 1913 is an appraisal of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes written by noted actress Ellen Terry and with illustrations—which doesn’t mention—by Pamela Colman Smith, an artist whose Tarot designs are some of the most successful ever created yet who received little credit for her work while she was alive. It’s a shame that the Internet Archive perpetuates this state of affairs despite her name on the book’s title page. This is a fascinating set of ink sketches all of which are marked by the distinctive monogram familiar from her Tarot cards. One of the drawings in the book is also marked by an obscene doodle; I’ll leave it to the curious to discover which one.





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The illustrators archive

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The art of Pamela Colman Smith, 1878–1951
Images of Nijinsky

2 thoughts on “Pamela Colman Smith’s Russian Ballet”

  1. If Pamela was my contemporary, I’d do all I could to marry her! I love this woman, I love her work, I love her style, and I love her Tarot.

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