This comprehensive guide offers detailed, step-by-step instructions for both standard and alternate Spencerian letter forms. Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship features hundreds of examples of lowercase letters, standard capital forms, and an array of flourished Spencerian capitals, making it is the most exhaustive instructional text available on this elegant script. The volume also explores the rich history of American penmanship, the story of Platt Rogers Spencer and his renowned Spencerian System of Writing, and the Golden Age of Ornamental Penmanship (1850-1925). In addition, discover the influence of Austin Norman Palmer on 20th-century handwriting education and delve into the art of studio engrossing. With a Penmanship Hall of Fame at the end that pays tribute to over 100 masters of the pen and a plethora of informative appendices, this guide is a must-have for aspiring calligraphers and handwriting enthusiasts.
“The decorative penmanship styles of 19th century America were unique in the gracefulness of their forms and in their speed of execution. The purpose such ornate writing served––commercially as well as esthetically––was unprecedented in its day, and the skill of its master penmen have never been equalled since. The peculiarities of these styles––the forms themselves, the tools of the art, and the techniques of execution––are out subjects herein to explore, learn, and enjoy.” –– Introduction, Michael R. Sull.
Spiral-bound paperback; 218 pages; 8.5” x 11”