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Johnston, Edward, 1872-1944 (calligrapher and designer)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1872-1944

Edward Johnston (1872-1944), calligrapher and designer, was born in Uruguay on 11 February 1872, and educated privately. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University, 1896-1897, but was forced to leave due to his health. After studying the pen shapes of letters in early manuscripts at the British Museum, 1898-1899, he taught the first classes in Formal Penmanship and Lettering at the London County Council Central School, 1899-1912. He was also a teacher at the Royal Cambrian Academy from 1901. Johnston died on 26 November 1944.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

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Correspondence between Morison and Edward Johnston, 1913-1924

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9812/D/154
Scope and Contents One autograph ms. letter from Johnston and 3 from Morison (1 a photocopy of an autograph ms. letter)
Dates: 1913-1924
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence concerning the purchase of papers of Edward Johnston, 1955-1957

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9812/B2/71
Scope and Contents Correspondence is between Morison and Edward N. Parker concerning his inventory of the papers, including a copy of the inventory dated Oct. 1955; and John Dreyfus.
Dates: 1955-1957
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Edward Johnston: Doodles

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8475
Scope and Contents Doodles on the back of two pages of music with lyrics beginning 'Golden slumbers kiss your eye. Smiles awake you'.
Dates: 1950 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Edward Johnston papers on his type-designs for the Cranach Press

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9818
Scope and Contents Edward Johnston designed four types for the Cranach Press of Count Harry Kessler: 1. 2-line Brevier italic lower case (1912-1913) 2. 8-, 10- and 12-point blackletter (1912-1930) 3. 16-point Greek (1929-1930, abortive) 4. 2-line Brevier italic capitals (1930-1931). This collection contains papers arising from all four of these projects, as well as from some earlier design work by Johnston for Kessler starting in 1904. These papers also cover Stanley Morison's purchase of the punches for...
Dates: 1904-1972
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letters from Edward Johnston to Gill, 1908-1912

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9812/G/2
Scope and Contents Autograph ms. letter dated 17 Aug. 1908 (stat), and original autograph ms. letter dated 14 May 1912; with a tear-sheet from a bookseller's catalogue describing the 1912 letter.
Dates: 1908-1912
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Series

Other subject files

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9815/D
Scope and Contents Mostly research notes covering subjects on which John Dreyfus worked during a long period or for more than one publication. These are as follows: Box 51 = William Morris Boxes 52-53 (and loose volume) = T. J. Cobden-Sanderson Boxes 54-55 = Emery Walker Box 56 = Edward Johnston, Harry Kessler, and the Cranach Press Box 57 = Edward Johnston Box 58 = Eric Gill Boxes 59-60 = Jan Van Krimpen Box 61 = Gerard Meynell and the Westminster Press Box 62 = Robbert Gibbings and the Golden Cockerell Press,...
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Photographs of sculpture, inscriptions and other lettering by Gill, 1909-1961

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9812/G/16
Scope and Contents ca. 60 pieces. They include photographs of Gill's portraits of Canon John Gray, Count Harry Kessler, Judith Tegetmeier, and Michael Hague, an alphabet cut in stone in 1932, a memorial plaque to Thomas Barnes, and Gill's fa├žade for Douglas Cleverdon's bookshop. Also included are photographs of an apprenticeship document written out by Edward Johnston. Some photographs are keyed on the versos to the notebook in item 42 in this series, and marked for cropping and reproduction.
Dates: 1909-1961
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Thomas Cobden-Sanderson: The ideal book

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8456
Scope and Contents 'The ideal book or book beautiful: a tract on caligraphy, printing, and illustration', a copy by Edward Johnston commissioned by the author. On the flyleaf is the signaure of Cobden-Sanderson and the inscription 'To Greta Johnston. In memory of a friendship. A. C-S. July 1924'. There are sixteen lines of verse by Johnston at the end of the volume. The book is accompanied by a letter from Miss Bridget Johnston to Geoffrey Keynes, 11 January 1946, and another from 'John' to Keynes, 16 October...
Dates: 1900
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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William Blake: two poems

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8457
Scope and Contents Copies of 'The shepherd' and 'The echoing green' by Edward Johnston.
Dates: 1905 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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