The pattern of the modern English playing card derives from an influential design originating in Rouen, France in the 15th century. Like all standards, the English Pattern has defining or indentifying elements. These can be found among the objects, weapons, and attire assigned to each of the characters of the Royal household. Manufacturers and card houses have kept to the form of the English pattern for well over 370 years now, and have preserved the assignment of their objects and weapons. Each one, in producing their own face cards, display interpretations that show variation in style, colour and detail, but that nonetheless conform to the Standard.
This rendition of the English pattern was more recently composed by artist, Brett A. Jones. With reference to the French Rouen design, the idea was to preserve all the elements of the standard, but bring dimension and expression to their characters. See More