This is a presentation in a more straightforward fashion of the work done by Paul Bostock and me in our book of the same name.
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.
Hand-made replica 17th century English playing cards, based on museum originals.
I. Schenck, Nuremberg, late XVIIIth century
The quality of playing card designs often deteriorates with time…
Woodblock and stencil playing cards, produced by Reynolds & Sons c.1830-1850.
Cards from a Russian standard woodblock and stencil pack of circa 1820.
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'.
Spanish National pattern re-printed from original woodblocks which are preserved in the monastery at Valdemosa, Mallorca, c.1960