Alfred John Fairbank

(1895—1982) calligrapher

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Influenced by E. Johnston, Fairbank became interested in the italic hands of the Renaissance, about which he wrote extensively, and founded the Society for Italic Handwriting in 1952 to teach this form of calligraphy. His handbook, A Handwriting Manual (1932), writing cards, and Beacon Writing Books were widely used in schools. Fairbank was himself a type designer and accomplished calligrapher, receiving many commissions.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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