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



  • 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.

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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)
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