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Jonathan Burton: Folio Society playing cards

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Jonathan Burton gives a wacky lease of life to playing cards and their characters

Everyone has a pack of tacky playing cards tucked away somewhere, and I know the first thing that popped into your head when you thought of your own personal deck was naked ladies (no judgement made, we own a couple of nude packs too). However illustrator Jonathan Burton has decided to swap boobies for a more tasteful approach, creating an illustrated pack of cards that look back to the golden age of board games when everyone was rosy-cheeked and wholesome. Commissioned by the Folio Society, these playing cards are wonderfully nostalgic with no short supply of amusing characters decorating their faces – in particular a scuba diver who cannot swim posing as a king and a gentleman drinking tea whilst riding a hyena. Utterly brilliant work that will forever have you thinking that clubs look just like elephants.

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Jonathan Burton: Folio Society playing cards

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Jonathan Burton: Folio Society playing cards

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Jonathan Burton: Folio Society playing cards

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Jonathan Burton: Folio Society playing cards