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Edward Johnston (1872-1944), Calligrapher

Sitter in 2 portraits
Instead of practising medicine, for which he had trained, Edward Johnston taught himself the art of lettering, and began to teach others. He taught at the Central School of Fine Arts and Crafts, London, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art. His books, Writing and Illuminating, and Lettering (1906) and Manuscript and Inscription Letters (1909), were landmarks in the revival and development of calligraphy. He is most famous for designing the sans-serif Johnston typeface, and the famous roundel logo, both of which are used throughout the London Underground system.

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Edward Johnston

by Arthur Henry Knighton-Hammond
oil on canvas, exhibited 1937
NPG 4375


Edward Johnston

by Edmond Xavier Kapp
pencil, 1940
NPG 3330