Pamela Colman Smith: American

Pamela Colman Smith: American

A blog inspired by the new biography of Pamela Colman Smith, illustrator of the iconic Rider-Waite Tarot. I delve deep into Smith’s elite American ancestry, and detail how her performances as an Afro-Jamaican story-teller have led to the persistent myth that she was a black woman. This complicated history of colonial privilege and racial appropriation speaks to the fundamental Americanness of Pamela Colman Smith.