Kim Arnold arranged an outing for the UK Tarot Conference to Smallhythe Place, the country home of Ellen Terry, where Pamela Colman Smith visited often. When Kim and I went there last December we thought the surrounding landscape looked very much like that found in several of the Minor Arcana cards. Kim, who lives only about about an hour away, commented that the trees were unusual and totally unlike those found near her home, so we came up with the theory that Pixie had retreated to Smallhythe when she had to complete “a big job for very little cash” in very little time, and that she used some of the local views in her cards. Here’s a detail from one of her drawings left at Smallhythe.

Kim asked the archivists if they could find all the Pamela Colman Smith works that were in storage and have them on display for the tarot group. It turned out that there were several pictures that had had not been documented previously. Kim has thoughtfully arranged these for everyone to see on this youtube video.

You can find a list of the documented PCS material kept at Smallhythe here. Katharine Cockin sent word that you can find more references to PCS at the Ellen Terry and Edith Craig Database (just search on her name).

See more pictures and commentary from this outing at the Students of Tarot website.

My main list of Pamela Colman Smith resources is located here.

Come to the UK Tarot Conference in London, October 2010.

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