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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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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
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