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Letter Exchange: The Legacy of Edward Johnston

The revival of calligraphy as a modern art form – Johnston Font Centenary part 2
When Dec 14, 2016 from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Edward Johnston (1872-1944) by his teaching and practice almost single-handedly revived the art of formal penmanship which had lain moribund for four centuries. His major work Writing and Illuminating, and Lettering, first published in 1906 and in print continuously ever since, created a new interest in calligraphy and a new school of excellent scribes. The life he breathed into this ancient craft and its continuing tradition even in today’s hi-tech world can be ascribed to his re-discovery of the influence of tools, materials and methods. His researches were carried out with the understanding of the artist-craftsman, the scientist and the philosopher and this three-fold approach resulted in a profound insight – he fully grasped the root of formal writing and saw how all the branches grew from that root.

The epoch-making sans-serif alphabet he designed for the London Underground Railways and now celebrating its centenary, changed the face of typography in the twentieth century whilst two of the most popular types of our day ‘Perpetua’ and ‘Gill Sans’ were by his great pupil Eric Gill (1882-1940).

Gerald Fleuss, calligrapher and lettering artist, discusses these basic principles and the effect it has had on his own work as well as others who have followed the Johnston tradition. The work of many of these now form part of the large Edward Johnston Foundation archive. Gerald was a co-founder of the EJF over twenty years ago.


Lecture starts at 6.30pm prompt
Entrance on the door: members £7, non-members £10, students £5

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