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.

The only comment from Pixie Smith about the creation of the tarot deck was in a letter to her mentor Alfred Stieglitz (click on the letter to see a larger version).

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):

• All the card images from Holly Voley’s first edition deck (“Pamela A”) and from The Pictorial Key to the Tarot at the Sacred Texts site

• The Works of Pamela Colman Smith – page 1

• The Works of Pamela Colman Smith – page 2

• The Occult Review advertisements for the RWS deck and early card reproductions.

A Portrait of William Butler Yeats by PCS

A Broad Sheet

The Shakespeare’s Heroines Poster

A Variety of Works by Pamela Colman Smith from Holly Voley’s site

Including my own copy of her book Chim-Chim: Folk Stories from Jamaica

• Susan and the Mermaid, an illustrated children’s story by PCS, republished by Corinne Kenner

Tales for Philip and Peter, illustrated by PCS

The Pamela Colman Smith Collection at Bryn Mawr

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.

• K. Frank Jensen’s Waite-Smith Tarot Research

• 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).

• Pamela Colman Smith & “De Six Poach Eggs” (story)

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.

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