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Title Quotation from ´Religio medici´ by Sir Thomas Browne
Collection Crafts Study Centre
Calligrapher Edward Johnston
Description Broadside, on skin, one page, written in black ink in a Lombardic hand derived form strange; illumination in blue, red, green and gold paints, outlined in black.
Id Number Current Accession C.86.9
Inscription Signed numbered and dated, ’X’, 22 November 1897.
Subject calligraphy, broadside, literature
Measurements 16.4 x 12.5 centimetres
Hand Lombardic
Material ink on skin
Other Materials paint
Ink black
History Written on 22 November 1897 for 'Aunt Johnston', as the tenth in Johnston's series of numbered manuscripts. With the manuscript Johnston sent a poem of his own composition, 'Thou God seest me', 'done on paper (roughly ornamental) as Meaning of Aunt Johnston's P[archment] No. X: and sent on to her with it (by Miss MacRae)'. This survives in a copy made in Johnston's commonplace book, dated 8 January 1898.

The manuscript was one of those shown by Mollie MacRae to Harry Cowlishaw early in 1898. She reported to Johnston that 'he likes No. 10 but thought you must have done the letters with a brush as they are rather undecided'. Lethaby's admiration for the manuscript was unreserved. Of the six manuscripts he was shown by Johnston on 5 April 1898 he found 'bits' to admire in five. But he liked 'all' of this one.
Literary Source 'Religio Medici' by Thomas Browne
Rights Owner Andrew and Angela Johnston/Crafts Study Centre 2004
Style Period Period 1890s
Technique hand-lettering

 

 

 

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