Cards produced in Rouen during the sixteenth century. It was cards like these which were imported to England and are the ancestors of the modern 'Anglo-American' pattern.
Early examples of traditional, standard English playing cards of which the best known are those of Hewson of the seventeenth century, and Blanchard from the eighteenth century.
Antique English woodblock playing cards by a card maker named C. Hewson, mid-17th century
Hand-made replica 17th century English playing cards, based on museum originals.
The quality of playing card designs often deteriorates with time…
Around 1987 I decided to make a pack of playing cards from woodblocks and coloured with stencils. I imagined I was carrying out my 'apprenticeship'.