Marbles; An Appreciation Through Art

"Game of Marbles" by Karl Witkowski American circa 1900 

I played a lot of marbles when I was a kid. In fact, I had a case of "marble thumb," a term I made up to describe why the cuticle on my shooter thumb was so pushed back.  Marbles was a beautiful game in its simplicity,  the elegance of its play pattern and the fanciful design of its elements.  Here are how some artists expressed the game's beauty.

"Children Playing Marbles" by French unknown artist 19th century

"Boy Playing Marlbes" David Gilmour Blythe American 1858


 A Game of Marbles Paul Charles Chocane-Moreau French circa 1900


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