Rudolf von Leyden
|Rudolf von Leyden (* 8 August, 1908, Berlin, + 25 March, 1983, Vienna)
travelled to India as a geologist. Pursuing his artistic inclinations he founded the "Leyden Commercial Art Studio" and remained employed in Indian enterprises for 40 years. He left the Museum a "world of Indian playcards". (source: Museum of Ethnology Vienna).
In the years 1977-1979 he was president of the International Playing Card Society in London.
In a combined edition together with a facsimile deck of the card painter Hans Forster (1573) the 55 page booklet by Rudolf von Leyden about the game of Karnöffel in English and German was published by the Heimeran Verlag, Vienna, in 1978. The text of van Leyden is variously cited as best source about the game Karnöffel.
Indian Playing Card
Card of the Forster deck
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