Edward Wallis


Edward Wallis was the son of John Wallis sr., one of the earliest specialist game-makers in England; he was the eldest son, so inherited the family business in 1818, while his father made separate provision for his second son, John jr., to set up a separate business.

Wallis continued to publish all manner of games over the next forty or so years, apparently with considerable success; in about 1847 he sold the games business to John Passmore, one member of a family of printers; he sold a jewellery business in 1851, and retired from trade.

The most famous of his games are Wallis’s New Railway Game, or Tour through England and Wales’ [c.1835], seemingly the first game map constructed round the booming railway network in England, the Game of Star-Spangled Banner, or emigrants to the United States’ [ca. 1842] and his Wallis’s New Game Of Wanderers In The Wilderness’ [c.1844], drawn by John Henry Banks.