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Biography of
Pamela Colman Smith

Pamela Colman-SmithName: Pamela Colman-Smith (a.k.a. Pixie)
Born: February 16, 1878
Location: Pimlico, Middlesex, England
Died: September 18, 1951
Location: Bude, Cornwall
Nationality: English/Jamaican








  • Father: Charles Edward Smith 
  • Mother: Corinne Colman 
  • Brother(s):  None 
  • Sister(s): None 


  • Husband: Never married 


  • Son(s): None 
  • Daughter(s): None


Principal Activity or Occupation(s):

  • Artist 
  • Illustrator 
  • Writer 

Lived In:

  • Kingston, Jamaica 
  • Brooklyn, NY 
  • London, England 


  • By 1893, Smith moved to Brooklyn with her father, where, at the age of 15, she enrolled at the Pratt Institute. Graduating four years later, she returned to England in 1899. 

Teachers and Mentors:

  • At the Pratt Institute, she studied art under the noted artist teacher Arthur Wesley Dow. 


  • Her parents were followers of the philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg, and both had artistic and literary families. 
  • When Smith was 10, her mother died. Due to her father's work, she was taken under the wing of the London based Lyceum Theatre group led by Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and Bram Stoker. She spent her early teens years travelling the country with the theatre group which did much to influence her later art work. 
  • Smith’s main influences for her tarot designs were the previous works of the 18th century French Tarot de Marseilles, and the 15th century Italian Sola Busca Tarot. 

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