Pamela Colman Smith never became well-known as an artist and, without the Tarot deck she illustrated, she may have fallen into total obscurity. Stuart Kaplan, president of U.S. Games, Inc. says he could have made her a millionaire.
You can see much of the artwork of Pamela Colman Smith at these sites (thanks especially to Roppo and Holly Voley for their efforts to make Pixie’s work available to the rest of us):
• Susan and the Mermaid, an illustrated children’s story by PCS, republished by Corinne Kenner
• Paintings at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – search on Pamela+Smith, and while you are there, see their collection of 15th century Tarot cards by searching on Tarot.
• Here’s an outstanding website by Phil Norfleet devoted to PCS with a lot of biographical information not found anywhere else.
• See Pixie’s artwork archived at Ellen Terry’s home, Smallhythe – here.
• Pixie’s very own MySpace page where you can become her friend! Includes lots of her drawings and the music that inspired her.
You can order the illustrated The Story of the Waite-Smith Tarot by K. Frank Jensen – here.
Articles by and about PCS can be found by searching The Craftsman – here (search on her name).
Video by the Japanese collector of the works of Pamela Colman Smith, Roppo (see links above):
Correction to video: I don’t know of any evidence that suggests that PCS was adopted by her parents. However, she did become the foster daughter of the great actress, Ellen Terry.
See my post on Pixie’s instructions for reading the cards here. Let me know if I’ve missed anything and I’ll add it to the above list.