Lecture: English Vernacular

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What is this script and how did it influence calligraphy from the 18th c. onwards.

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In 1998 I began researching the scripts written so beautifully by the English Writing Masters. I came across an interesting script which puzzled me for well over 10 years as to what it could be called. For all intents and purposes, it was more like an Italian Renaissance Humanist Minuscule script written with a pointed flexible nib executed both upright and at variable angles precipitating in multiple script options. I became truly fascinated with this almost Frankenstein-like family and continued my research excitedly.

However, as hard as I looked, I could not find a name for this category of script until the incomparable James Mosley sent me an article which he had written on a type of letterforms used in the same period which he referred to as ‘English Vernacular’. From the images in the article, I immediately saw the nature of the family of scripts I had been researching.

I kept pace with my studies over the years, but it was in the Lockdown of 2020 when I had some truly astonishing breakthroughs whilst researching English Roundhand.

In this lecture I will cover the script and its variations as written by the English Writing Masters and the American Penmen and as they relate to James’ article on tombstone inscriptions and signage.

This is a very different category of hands I feel will surprise and excite you to want to practise them.

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For all classes and workshops, you will be required to watch and study videos on posture, placement of page and position of the hand, as well as the death grip and studio set up. You will get these links when you sign up.

Please purchase your tools and materials well in advance of the course so you can at least test them out and familiarise yourself with them.

Please do some practise before attending the class at least some exercises to limber up your hand. Coming to class without any practise in the week of the class will only be a disservice to yourself.

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Organiser Paul Antonio Scribe

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Paul Antonio is the author of 'Copperplate Script - A Yin&Yang Approach'. A new and innovative way to look at and learn to write copperplate script. This new method simplifies the approach so anyone can learn the script. 

Paul's research into the geometry of writing has led him to a new vision of how we put pen to paper. This research is so exciting as it gives the participant access to quicker learning and application of calligraphy. 

Being passionate about lettering history, Paul has worked on copying Ancient Hieroglyphs in Egypt for the MET, NYC and is one of the four Crown Office Scribes who handwrites some of the laws of the UK unto vellum for signing by Her Majesty The Queen. He also studied English Palaeography and Manuscript History.



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