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Five ink drawings on vintage library cards, connected around the theme of history's bloodiest maniacs.

Russia without Stalin by Edward Crankshaw (1956)

The German Opposition to Hitler by Hans Rothfels (1962)

Mao Tse-toung by Stuart R. Schram (1972)

Napoléon by Henri Calvet (1964)

Alexander the Great by F.A. Wright (1934)

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, and original ink drawings work in concert with the card's marks and history.

They work fantastically well as bookmarks, as gifts tucked into greeting cards, or as frameable art in their own right (the ink washes make them luminous behind glass).

Each attractively packaged in a clear plastic sleeve with a decorative card top.

Have a friend who loves history? Dictators? Antichrists? Bloodthirsty maniacs? This is a perfect gift for them!

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.
~ Adolf Hitler

Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem.
~ Joseph Stalin

Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

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

The drawings are wholly original, done freehand, directly onto the cards, in liquid acrylic 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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