Title: Gaming.

Creator: Bickham, John.

Bibliographic Citation: Bickham, John. Gaming.

Notes: This print lettered by John Bickham is a medley designed to look like three superimposed layers: a playing card, a scene of Harlequin and Scaramouche arguing over cards, and a text written in decorative hand-writing warning of gaming’s potential grave dangers behind its façade as light entertainment. “The Diversion of Cards and Dice, however Engaging, are oftener Provocatives to Avarice and Loss of Temper, than mere Recreations and innocent Amusements. ***** All Cheats at Cards, still gaping for their prey, Quarrels create; and Mischiefs follow Play: It loses Time, disturbs ye Mind and Sense, Whilst Oaths and Lies are oft the consequence, And Murders, sometimes, follow loss of Pence.”

Physical Description: image.print.black and white 40 x 25.1 cm (sheet) 32.6 x 19.7 (plate mark)

Language: English

Description: Etching.

Subject: Gambling — Moral and ethical aspects.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of Exhibition: People in the World of Print

Exhibition Theme: Playing Cards

Call Number: Rare Books/Special Collections – Print Collection (McLennan Bldg, 4th floor)

Image Identifier: gaming_broadside-print