French Revolution Library Card Art Set / art gift / literary gift / vintage library cards / original art / original illustration



Three ink drawings on vintage library cards, on the theme of the French Revolution: Danton, Robespierre, and an anonymous, iconic young patriot (ready to die for the revolution, I hope).

The titles of these three vintage cards are:

Danton, by Hermann Wendel

Autour de Robespierre by Albert Mathiez

Les orateurs de la révolution by Francois Victor Alphonse Aulard

The French Revolution was the first big, bad, modern insurrectionist shit show. It had it all: Liberté! Égalité! Fraternité! Terror! Guillotines! Mass conscription! War on all fronts! And who could better embody its cast of doomed protagonists than Robespierre and Danton, both consumed by the fires they enflamed?

Have a friend who loves bloody history? What could make a better, more original gift?

These days, library sign-out cards are curiosity items –– something that you occasionally still find in the back of an older library book (and something you bore your kids with, telling them about the old days of paper and signatures and stamps). So, in a bit of recycling-meets-vintage, I take these obsolete things and repurpose them as art, with original ink drawings working in concert with the card's marks and history.

They work fantastically well as bookmarks, as gifts tucked into greeting (or Christmas) cards, or as frameable art in their own right.

Attractively packaged in clear plastic sleeves with a decorative card tops.

These are vintage cards, with sign-out dates going back to the fifties and sixties.

The drawings are wholly original, done freehand, directly onto the cards, in acrylic wash and ink.

Mailed with heavy card or board so they won't bend in transit.

Everything shipped comes with an extra art surprise.

And remember: every thing, every soul, becomes dyed with the colour of its use, its thoughts, the world.


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