About this lecture
Of all the scripts we write, so many are drawn to copperplate for its beauty, sensuousness in the flexing of the nib, a wealth of ligatures connecting the letters to each other and the appeal to add a bevy of flourishes as liens or morphing into plants or animals. But what is Copperplate Script, where did it come from and why are there so many variations not only in script categories but also in letterforms?
In this lecture I will look at the early beginnings of this script from Lucas Materot’s mistake in copying Cancellaresca in 1604, to the blending of the French letters with Bastard Secretary, the influence of the Flemish Kurrentschrifts written by the Dutch in England, to the rise of the script in England to become its principal hand and then its dissemination across the world with the increase in English metal nib manufacturing and the boom in English Mercantile Trade internationally.
The confusion about the differences between English Roundhand, Italienne, English Copperplate Script, American Engravers’ and Engrossers’ Scripts will also be looked at in detail and I will also discuss why I chose to call the script I wrote my manual on ‘Copperplate’ and not English Roundhand.
As this lecture is a precursor to my workshop on Sunday, teaching my PAScribe Geometric Copperplate Script, I will also look at my 4Fold Symmetry and how it fits into the pantheon of the script and why it gives us a more structured architecture upon which we can build and apply to the other variations in the script family.
This is a detailed lecture aimed at those who write the script, are interested in the script but confused by its many names and forms. It will help to give you an arsenal to categorise what you are doing and support you in the learning and application of the diversity of this wonderful writing system.