Illuminated Initials from Early Manuscripts

Illuminated Initials from Early Manuscripts

In the mid-19th century Owen Jones undertook to catalog historic design and decoration in phenomenal detail and with exacting thoroughness in a series of beautifully illustrated books. The most famous of these is his Grammar of Ornament, which provides an overview of design and ornament from ancient times to the Renaissance. His next most notable work on historic design is …


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The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott

Howard Pyle’s illustrated edition of Tennyson’s Lady of Shalott is probably the single greatest expression of book design in the American arts and crafts movement of the late 19th century. This early Pyle work combines his vivid illustrative style with exceptional decoration and lettering into a modern illuminated masterpiece.


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Eastlake Design Sampler

Eastlake Design Sampler

When we were renovating our house I discovered ornamental brass fixtures for the doors designed by Charles Eastlake.  So I went shopping and found antique Eastlake hinges and knobs for all the doors. Charles Locke Eastlake (1836–1906) was the greatest British Arts and Crafts designer in the period after William Morris.  Like Morris he combined principles of art and decoration …


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Walter Crane’s <i>The Shepheard’s Calender</i>

Walter Crane’s The Shepheard’s Calender

Another of Walter Crane’s interesting decorated books is his edition of Edmund Spenser’s epic poem The Shepheard’s Calender. It’s not as well known as Spenser’s The Faerie Queen which Crane also illustrated, but it has excellent illustrations and a particularly outstanding set of emblems with latin mottos which accompany the main illustrations. It also has a great frontispiece, decorative endpapers …


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The Illiad – Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

The Illiad – Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

W. Heath Robinson was one of the most popular and successful illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th century, known for his ability to draw and paint in distinctly different styles and for his unique drawings of complex fantastical machinery and for his topical cartoons. We have recently started actively adding Robinson works to our library (we also have …


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An Overview of Our Russian Fonts

An Overview of Our Russian Fonts

In honor of the October Revolution (which was actually in November) I thought it would be good to draw attention to our rich selection of Russian theme and Russian Language fonts. The first and most unusual package we offer is our Russian Folk Art collection. It is based on designs from the Art Nouveau period in Russia with a heavy …


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The Art of Eleanor Brickdale

The Art of Eleanor Brickdale

Eleanor Fortesque Brickdale was one of the great illustrators of the later Victorian era, even though she is not as well known as some of her male contemporaries. She was strongly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites like Waterhouse and Millais, and studied with Lord Leighton. Her work also shows the influence of the Art Nouveau period and even the Impressionists, but …


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Eric Sloane Font Collection

Eric Sloane Font Collection

With the release of Almanac we have enough Eric Sloane fonts to make them worth offering as a package. We have a great representative sampling of Sloane’s calligraphic styles in the collection. Almanac, Guilford and Bridgeport represent his more controlled titling styles.  Guilford Crude and Queensland are typical of his more freehand captioning styles.  For more information on Sloane and …


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Almanac – New Font from Eric Sloane

Almanac – New Font from Eric Sloane

BUY NOW TRY DEMO We seem to be having a week focused on Eric Sloane, so a featured font based on his characteristic lettering designs seems like a must, and conveniently we didn’t have a font yet based on his more formal italic script style, so we went to work and the result is the new Almanac font, based on …


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Eric Sloane on Weather

Eric Sloane on Weather

The magnificent skies we’ve had here in Austin for the last week remind me of the works of Eric Sloane, the legendary mid-century artist, author and calligrapher. One of the things he was most known for was his huge paintings of weather and skies, the most famous of which is “Earth Flight Environment” a huge mural in the Smithsonian’s Air …


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The World of Eric Sloane

The World of Eric Sloane

This is an update of an article we originally published in 2005. Additional links have been added, especially at the end of the article. My grandfather made tools. So did my great-grandfather and his father and all his fathers before him back to a distant ancestral blacksmith working under a tree in medieval Scotland. This and my training as a …


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Two New Initials Fonts by Delamotte

Two New Initials Fonts by Delamotte

Freeman Delamotte (not to be confused with the late 19th century footballer of the same name) was a design historian of the mid-19th century who was second only to his contemporary Owen Jones in his ability to recreate historical lettering and to create new lettering in traditional historical styles. We recently acquired a significant library of Delamotte’s works, including bound …


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Happy Birthday to CFA Voysey

Last week was the 159th anniversary of Arts and Crafts pioneer CFA Voysey. Voysey was an architect who worked on the principle of form following function and the idea that designers should engage in the entire process of decorating and furnishing a home, popularized contemporaneously by designers like William Morris and later by Frank Lloyd Wright. Some time ago we …


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McMurtrie Historic Borders

McMurtrie Historic Borders

If you liked our Elizabethan Fonts you need some historic borders to go with them and we have just the thing. In the 1920s Douglas C. McMurtrie published a great collection of historic woodcut borders dating from the 15th century to the 19th century. It includes elaborate decorative pieces in a number of styles and includes great examples by William …


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Old French Nursery Songs Illustrated by Anne Anderson

Our latest mini-package is a collection of illustrations by early 20th century illustrator Anne Anderson. We had an opportunity to acquire a number of her illustrated books for children from an estate sale and the first we’ve processed is “Old French Nursery Songs” which we are making available as an introduction to her art. She is a less well-known illustrator, …


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Ekberg Modern Font

Ekberg is a stylish modern font with curved character forms, for which it was named after Anita Ekberg, the well-rounded actress in Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita. Anita Ekberg passed away last year, but she is immortalized in the font which bears her name. It is based on lettering samples by Samuel Welo from poster designs of the 1920s.  It …


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