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Regarding the designs of playing cards

The quality of playing card designs often deteriorates with time…

"… if we do not study the ancient work directly and learn to understand it, we shall find ourselves influenced by the feeble work all around us, and shall be copying the better work through the copyists and without understanding it, which will by no means bring about intelligent art"

William Morris in The Decorative Arts, a lecture given to the Trades Guild of Learning, London 1877.


Playing cards by Valery Faucil, Rouen, c.1500

Above: 16th century cards by Jean Faucil, Rouen.

Playing cards by Hunt, London, c.1800

Above: cards by Hunt, London, c.1790-1800.


More examples of this tendency can be seen in studying the early examples of the Navarra pattern from Spain

Last Updated December 11, 2017 at 05:25pm

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