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A Sense of Honour
This extract from page 60 of The Universal Penman was written by Willington Clark in 1736. and is my favourite piece of calligraphy.
Calligrapher Mike Moore (anasaziwrites) knowing my feelings for this work, kindly sent me this page from an early edition. It's the only piece of framed calligraphy on my wall. It is by far the most beautiful piece of calligraphy I've ever seen.  Now and again I've received accolades for an example of my Copperplate writing and before I get carried away, I only have to look at this page and I'm brought right down to earth. This is quite magnificent beyond words. I was astonished to learn recently that he was only 19 years old when he wrote this. How is it possible to produce such a remarkably, mature piece of work so young?
"Honour" an extract from The Universal Penman written by Willington Clark in 1736

For me, Italic is always the best starting point.

An example of paper orientation. The one-stroke flourish started at the letter x. All the downstroke shades are approximately vertical.

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Adagio
« on: August 03, 2022, 10:24:12 AM »

Thanks, Mike

With complex letters with shades at different angles, I always follow the same procedure.
I constantly rotate the paper so that the shaded stroke is always approximately vertical.
In this way, with an oblique penholder, the nib tines open evenly and the shaded downstrokes
are full and well-balanced.

Spencerian Script / Simple Spencerian example
« on: August 02, 2022, 07:27:28 PM »
Spencerian example

I turned the paper 90 degrees to the right and wrote the letter starting at the top.

Applying the same majuscule to two names.

Ornate Penmanship

I like the elegant simplicity of the fourth from the left. Also, the one at the bottom is probably the most adaptable.

Ken, of all the amazing pieces you have shared with us, I think this is the best. Incredible work!  :-*
Thank you, Erica.
This script was devised c1900 as a form of Spencerian Script, but it can be applied, as here, just as easily to English Roundhand. I wrote this from memory as I've mislaid my original exemplar but I remember seeing this named "Ladies Hand" around 30 years ago.
This was the the end result of many attempts.

This is written at an x height of 5mm. Any larger and the extended strokes are beyond me!

The wonderfully gifted Romanian gymnast will forever be remembered as the first to achieve the perfect score of 10 no fewer than 7 times on the way to winning 3 gold medals at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Written with a 357 Esterbrook nib. I remember watching this on TV as it happened and I've never forgotten it.   Incredible!
You can see these performances on youtube.

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Ladies' Hand
« on: July 20, 2022, 04:06:08 AM »
This is written with a Hunt 101 nib in the Copperplate style, known (for some strange reason), as Ladies' Hand.

DID YOU KNOW........
The letter known as "thorn" was sounded "th" and had the appearance of the letter "Y".  It still appears in signage such as "Ye Old Tea Shoppe" where it is wrongly pronounced as the letter "Y".

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Compressed Gothic
« on: July 16, 2022, 08:34:59 AM »
Compressed Gothic

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