Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Type Tuesday - Manuscript and Inscription Letters from Edward Johnston


Today we take a look at Edward Johnston's Manuscript and Inscription Letters for School and Classes and for the use of Craftsmen. Johnston (1872-1944) is considered, along with his contemporary Rudolf Koch, to be the father of modern calligraphy. After studying manuscripts at the British Museum, Johnston took up his distinctive style of creating letters using a broad edged pen. 



Johnston began teaching lettering at London's Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1899. Typeface designer and calligrapher, Eric Gill, was among his students. Gill contributed plates to this 1911 publication of Johnston's Manuscript and Inscription Letters for School and Classes and for the use of Craftsmen. 




Jaime Henderson
Archivist
jhenderson@calhist.org
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