In this lithograph, the queen of clubs seems to be playing the king of hearts at cards. The game looks like it may be ‘Chase the Ace’, which is sometimes known as ‘Old Maid’. Many of Sandys’ works explore the dynamics of relationships between men and women, and it’s possible that here she uses the card game and the players as a metaphor for this. At this point in the game, the queen is winning – the king holds the ace as she takes his jack of hearts.
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Original: Lithograph on paper 50.8 x 64.1 cm Tate. Presented by Curwen Studio through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 © Edwina Sandys
Edwina Sandys (born 1938) is a New York based British artist and sculptor. Sandys’ parents were aristocratic (her father was a Baron and her mother the daughter of Winston Churchill), and was a debutante herself. She had a career as a newspaper columnist and novelist before becoming an artist in 1970. At first a successful painter, she turned her attention to sculpture in the mid-1970s, and has exhibited her work internationally. In 1984 she was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours for services to British cultural interests in New York.