Above: uncut sheet of standard English pattern full-figure courts, ornate blue outlines,
printed by E. Boisse, Bordeaux, c.1870. There had been a trend of ornamented court cards since the 1840s when De La Rue's
letterpress printing technology facilitated a move away from woodblocks.
Right: De La Rue's designs used between c.1840-65 with more fancy patterning on the clothes,
also with blue outlines.
These became the basis for all De La Rue's later double-ended courts and comparison with the example by Boisse
shown above reveals a close similarity.