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 Posted: Wed Jul 2nd, 2014 11:16 am
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AdamMcLean



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Are you sure you are remembering this particular tarot and that it was in colour?

It seems so unlikely that a colour printed book of these images would not
now be locatable. Colour printing in 1939 was very expensive and usually
reserved for large edition popular books. The Loring tarot designs consisted
of 22 + 4 Aces + 16 Courts = 42 paintings (the pips were simple pen line
drawings). A book of this period with 42 colour illustrations would have
either have been produced for the mass market (as with other books of
Rolt-Wheeler) in which case we could pick them up easily in second hand
dealers, or it would have been a special highly prized small limited edition,
in which case it would have survived in the hands of various collectors
and one would find it selling by specialist dealers.

I find it so unlikely that colour reproductions would have been made of
the paintings at that time (1940s) and not survived in the hands of dealers
or collectors.

The black and white reproductions have survived through l'Astrosophie
monthly magazine, copies of which can still be found. These black and white
images were bound up in book form in around 1939 and a few copies of
this book still exist, but despite asking various specialist dealers in Grail and
mystical material, no one has ever seen coloured reproductions of these paintings.

So I wonder if you are remembering the same work. You were likely going by
small scans on an auction site, so it may not be easy to link these to the existing
black and white reproductions.

If these reproductions existed only a few years ago, then for the reasons
above, it is unlikely that this came from the 1940s, but arose out of modern
reproductions. This would indicate that the original paintings still exist
together as a collection and that someone was able to recently photograph
and reproduce these. If this is so, then these paintings could yet emerge
again from obscurity, which would be good news.

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