Earlier this year at the Readers Studio conference in New York, Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin of Tarot Professionals announced their historic discovery of some Tarot images that had been sitting in the British Museum since the 1970’s. The original paintings and sketches by stained glass artist John B. Trinick were commissioned by A.E Waite around 1917-1923, 10 years after his collaboration with Pamela Colman-Smith on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. Trinick’s incredible images form part of an album by Trinick and Waite entitled Great Symbols of the Paths.
Waite’s personal commentary on the images along with images and text from this album are to be published by Marcus and Tali in a full colour book Abiding in the Sanctuary, and will include their research on the images. I will certainly be getting a copy.
Several of the images (yet to be colour corrected) are now available for viewing on the British Museum website. More will be added. You really should take a look. I was fortunate to see the full set at RS11 and they are truly amazing. This is a substantial discovery for the Tarot world. Thanks to Marcus and Tali and everyone who helped with funding to get this first stage of the project up and running. Fingers crossed one day there may also be a deck!
Click here to view the images. Please note images are strictly © Trustees of the British Museum and must not be used without permission.