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Thank you very much for your generous offer , but I actually have an extra copy which remains unopened as a back-up. :)

I would have mentioned it, but it seems like obsessional overkill. :o


@Ken Fraser I also have one paperback copy for use, and another from the 60s, a beautiful hardcover that I only use when I need to see more details (it's a bit bigger reproduction than the A4 one ;)).

I also love the Dutch writing masters, and the earlier English ones … Shelley for example has sublime exemplars … for all who don't know it already, @sybillevz has a wonderful website with tons of information and links to most important copybooks from the 16th to the 20th century …

Thanks for the link.

I'm a big admirer of George Shelley. A different, earlier very beautiful style.

A couple of years ago (on 4th June 2017) I posted an example of my take on his writing, here in the Copperplate category. I would post a link, but I don't know how to.
(  It's titled "In the style of George Shelley".

If you are interested, a search under "Shelley" finds it.

Of all the wonderful examples of calligraphy I've enjoyed over the years, my favourite is the page titled "Honour" by Willington Clark in the Universal Penman. (exemplary penmanship superbly engraved By Bickham.) 

Show & Tell / Re: Show your holiday greeting...
« on: August 16, 2019, 05:03:32 PM »
Here's a card of mine from a few years ago. It's meant to represent a Christmas tree  :-\

Show & Tell / identity display (for advertising)
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:45:47 AM »
I did a version of this pencii drawing around 40 years ago. I used it for while in advertising but dropped it when I realised than some viewers were thinking that it was  for real! Recently, I did this fresh drawing, updating it for the passage of time and I started using it again .

I fact, I'm no monk. I've been married for 56 years with two children and four grandchildren!

The writing is in the Roundhand (Copperplate) style of the 18th century English Writing Masters.

They were in a class of their own; the ultimate Writing Masters.
I'm on my third copy of The Universal Penman. My first two copies of this wonderful book, fell apart with use  ;D

Written in the Roundhand style of 18th century English Masters

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Italic Handwriting variations
« on: August 12, 2019, 09:45:21 AM »
Flourished variations.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: How old are you?
« on: June 28, 2019, 06:58:39 AM »
I'm 80 years old.

Having read through this entire, fascinating thread, it occurs to me that I may hold the dubious distinction of being the oldest contributor still working full-time as a calligrapher.


Open Flourish | General Discussion / something to think about
« on: June 19, 2019, 07:03:07 AM »
food for thought


I think that the final upstroke of the letter t implies the conventional cross-stroke and in cancelling it out, thereby enhances the natural flow of the writing - and it looks good IMHO. ;D

Great advice from David Grimes. The inter-letter and inter-word spacing is just as important as the letters themselves.

There are so many, but if I had to pick one it would be Willington Clark - see "The Universal Penman".

Contemporary and Modern Calligraphy / Re: Madarasz Script
« on: June 07, 2019, 05:34:45 PM »
Sorry for this very late response - I missed this post.  :-\

In the interest of accuracy, I took the slope angle directly from an example by Madarasz.


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: French Roundhand Exemplars?
« on: June 06, 2019, 05:29:28 PM »
Here's a small piece of my French Roundhand
My apologies to C W Norder, but I don't like it backhand  :P

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