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Edward Johnston: Master Calligrapher [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Peter Holliday

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30 Sep 2007
Edward Johnston (1872-1944) was a man of letters - master calligrapher, typeface designer and creator of the lettering and branding for the 'London Underground'. He was also a great teacher and philosopher. Many were and still are, influenced by his down-to-earth ideas on calligraphy and lettering, and those who studied in his classes at the Central School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London took his ideas and views into their own classes and to their own students. Great calligraphers and letterers of today are still influenced by Edward Johnston's work. This detailed work looks at Johnston's work and legacy. It considers his friendships and his philosophy, the people he worked with and the influence he had on them and others. Importantly, it gives details of the setting up of the craft community at Ditchling in Sussex, and the craftspeople such as Eric Gill, Joseph Cribb, Hilary Pepler, Ethel Mairet, Frank Brangwyn, Valentine Kilbride, David Jones and Bernard Leach who were all drawn to the village as a result.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: British Library Publishing Division (30 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712349278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712349277
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 21.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,283,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Holidays book, heavily annoted and profusely illustrated, is a worthy monument.....is the first attempt at a thorough examination of both Johnston s life and work. --Sharp News

the most comprehensive professional portrait of Edward Johnston to date, and it arrives with the bonus of much fresh information on his associates ... Peter Hollidays fine efforts impart a lucid and profound understanding of Edward Johnstons genius, of his remarkable circle of friends and colleagues, and of the fertile artistic terrain that was one of their interactions. --Bibliographical Society of America

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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and academic library collections 4 Nov 2007
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Calligrapher is a graphic art that goes back centuries and is to be found in one form or another in almost every culture. Edward Johnson (1872-1944) was an acknowledge master of calligraphy, a typeface designer, and the creator of the distinctive lettering and branding of the London Underground. Additionally, Johnson was a teacher and philosopher whose practical ideas on calligraphy and lettering are still influential today. In "Edward Johnston: Master Calligrapher", the late photographer, bibliophile and history lecturer at Ravensbourne School of Art, Peter Holliday (1938-2003), presents a profusely illustrated, 398-page compendium on the life and work of Edward Johnston. The result is an informed and informative treatise on Johnston's involvement with the arts and crafts movement, his enduring influence as a calligrapher, as well as his genealogical background. Of special note is the concluding chapter, 'Johnston and John Ruskin: A Social Theory of Design'. A highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and academic library collections, "Edward Johnston: Master Calligrapher" is a work of seminal scholarship and an important contribution to the 20th Century history of calligraphy in England.
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