|The Derby Day (1858) William Powell Frith|
|The Cock Fight (1889) Remy Cogghe|
|The Gambler's Wife (1885) Marcus Stone|
If it isn't cards, then it's horses...
|The Last Day in the Old Home (1862) Robert Braithwaite Martineau|
The public were getting a taste for stories of how the rich and famous gambled with their fortunes, especially if they lost. In 1891, the Prince of Wales found himself entangled in the 'Tranby Croft Affair', where a guest at a country house party was accused of cheating while playing baccarat. The guest was exposed and forced to promise he would never play cards for money again. While this was scandal enough, what really got the public in an uproar was that not only did the heir to the throne gamble at cards, he did it often enough to have his own crested counters for wagering at backgammon.
|The Salon d'Or, Homburg (1871) William Powell Frith|
|The Road to Ruin: College (1878) William Powell Frith|
|The Road to Ruin: Arrest|
|Well, we knew it wouldn't end well...|
|Innocents and Card Sharpers Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier|
|The End of the Game of Cards Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier|
|Cleaned Out (1868) John Pettie|
To sum up, don't gamble, you won't win and before you know it, you're sat on a packing case, clutching a glass of champagne in one hand and a gun in the other, attempting not to get the two mixed up. Take Mr Frith's advice and stay well clear.
By the way, I almost called this piece 'I'll Toss You for It', but that always leads to all kinds of trouble, so I didn't. See how mature I've become? *snigger*