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Calligraphy Collection

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Alphabet & Typography

Alphabet & Typography
The Ancient Japanese alphabet Date: Circa 1760

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Japanese girl practising calligraphy

Japanese girl practising calligraphy Date: 1909

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Mosaic with arab and kufic caligraphy (top) on a wall of the

Mosaic with arab and kufic caligraphy (top) on a wall of the Madrasa. Fes. Morocco

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Neo-Sumerian. Statue of Gudea. Girsu, Iraq. 2120 BC. Cuneifo

Neo-Sumerian. Statue of Gudea. Girsu, Iraq. 2120 BC. Cuneifo
Mesopotamia. Neo-Sumerian. Ruler Gudea of state of Lagash. Diorita statue. From Girsu (modern Telloh). Iraq. 2120 BC. Cuneiform inscription. Detail. Museum of Louvre. Paris. France

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Elegant Ottoman calligraphy

Elegant Ottoman calligraphy
Lovely example of elegant Ottoman calligraphy, topped by a cresent moon

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Signwriters at work

Signwriters at work
A wonderful photograph by Heinz Zinram showing a master signwriter at work, with his younger collegue (or apprentice) behind. A study in concentration, accuracy and exactitude in the craftsmans art

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Rosemary, Pansies, Fennel, Columbines, Rue

Rosemary, Pansies, Fennel, Columbines, Rue, Daisy and Violets (Hamlet). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Wild Thyme, Oxlips, Violet, Woodbine, Musk-roses

Wild Thyme, Oxlips, Violet, Woodbine, Musk-roses and Eglantine (Midsummer Nights Dream). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Sweet pea, Lathyrus odoratus, and calligraphic poem

Sweet pea, Lathyrus odoratus, and calligraphic poem. Chromolithograph by Louis Prang from Alice Ward Baileys Flower Fancies, Boston, 1889

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Ottoman Empire. Turkish books

Ottoman Empire. Turkish books. Engraving by Lemaitre. Historia de Turquia by Joseph Marie Jouannin (1783-1844) and Jules Van Gaver, 1840

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Egyptians writing

Egyptians writing
Egyptian writing. Upper: Letter to a deceased on papyrus. Around 2000 BC. End of the First Intermediate Period. Origin unknown. Lower: Hieratic Papyrus. Ptolemaic Period. 305-30 BC. Origin unknown

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Concubine (mekake) of a high-ranking man watching a dancer

Concubine (mekake) of a high-ranking man watching a dancer
Concubine (mekake) of a high-ranking man with tobacco pipe watching a dancing girl accompanied by musicians on shamisen and blind koto harpist (koze)

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Japanese women picnicing in a field, Tokyo, 18th century

Japanese women picnicing in a field, Tokyo, 18th century
Japanese women picnicing in a field outside Tokyo, 18th century. Women smoking a tobacco pipe while waiting for a soba-shop woman to bring a kettle and tray of noodles

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: English gentleman flirting with the Fair Limonadiere

English gentleman flirting with the Fair Limonadiere
Young English gentleman flirting with the Fair Limonadiere in the Cafe de Mille Colonnes, Palais Royal, Paris. Waiters bringing hot chocolate to fashionable ladies, soldiers and officers

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Branch of white plum blossom on a rock with calligraphy

Branch of white plum blossom on a rock with calligraphy and seal. Color woodblock mokuhanga from Kaishien Gaden, Japanese edition of Wang Gais Jieziyuan Huazhaun or Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Branch of pink plum blossom on a rock with calligraphy

Branch of pink plum blossom on a rock with calligraphy and seal. Color woodblock mokuhanga from Kaishien Gaden, Japanese edition of Wang Gais Jieziyuan Huazhaun or Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Branch of white plum blossom with calligraphy

Branch of white plum blossom with calligraphy. Color woodblock mokuhanga from Kaishien Gaden, Japanese edition of Wang Gais Jieziyuan Huazhaun or Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden, Second Collection

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Branches of plum blossom with calligraphy and seal

Branches of plum blossom with calligraphy and seal
Branches of white and pink plum blossom with calligraphy and seal. Color woodblock mokuhanga from Kaishien Gaden, Japanese edition of Wang Gais Jieziyuan Huazhaun or Manual of the Mustard Seed

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Plum blossom branch with calligraphy and seal

Plum blossom branch with calligraphy and seal. Color woodblock mokuhanga from Kaishien Gaden, Japanese edition of Wang Gais Jieziyuan Huazhaun or Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden, Second Collection

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Branch of plum blossom covered with snow

Branch of plum blossom covered with snow. With calligraphy and seal. Color woodblock mokuhanga from Kaishien Gaden, Japanese edition of Wang Gais Jieziyuan Huazhaun or Manual of the Mustard Seed

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Branches of plum blossom

Branches of plum blossom. Color woodblock mokuhanga from Kaishien Gaden, Japanese edition of Wang Gais Jieziyuan Huazhaun or Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden, Second Collection, Ichimura Bunko

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Branch of pink plum blossom over a river

Branch of pink plum blossom over a river. Color woodblock mokuhanga from Kaishien Gaden, Japanese edition of Wang Gais Jieziyuan Huazhaun or Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden, Second Collection

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Branch of pink plum blossom with calligraphy and seal

Branch of pink plum blossom with calligraphy and seal. Color woodblock mokuhanga from Kaishien Gaden, Japanese edition of Wang Gais Jieziyuan Huazhaun or Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Branch of white plum blossom with calligraphy and seal

Branch of white plum blossom with calligraphy and seal. Color woodblock mokuhanga from Kaishien Gaden, Japanese edition of Wang Gais Jieziyuan Huazhaun or Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Purple pitcher plant, Sarracenia purpurea

Purple pitcher plant, Sarracenia purpurea. Sarracenia porporina. Handcoloured copperplate stipple engraving from Antoine Laurent de Jussieus Dizionario delle Scienze Naturali

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Illuminated calendar for December 1846

Illuminated calendar for December 1846
Calendar for December with figures of Daniel and St. Matthew, quote from Epistle to the Hebrews, disciples, man slaying a boar with an axe, goat, dog, birds, foliage and castles

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Title page with calligraphy and skulls and crossbones

Title page with calligraphy and skulls and crossbones
Title page with calligraphy and border of figures with skulls and crossbones, hourglasses and wings. Copperplate engraving by Joshua Gleadah rom The British Dance of Death, Hodgson, London, 1823

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Skeleton of death aiming a dart at a child

Skeleton of death aiming a dart at a child walking with her mother in a garden. Death and Infancy. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Joshua Gleadah after an illustration by Benedictus Antonio Van

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Iris, Iris gemanica, and sensitive plant, Mimosa pudica

Iris, Iris gemanica, and sensitive plant, Mimosa pudica. Handcoloured copperplate engraving after an illustration by Pancrace Bessa from Charles Malos Guirlande de Flore, Garland of Flowers

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Title page with calligraphy and heraldic shields

Title page with calligraphy and heraldic shields. Handcoloured copperplate engraving Richard Sawyer from John Thomas Smiths Topography of London, 1810

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Calligraphic title page in black and red

Calligraphic title page in black and red
Calligraphic title reading A Series of Antient Allegorical Historical and Legendary Paintings which were uncovered in the summer of 1802 on the walls of the Chapel of the Trinity at Stratford upon

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Title page with decorative calligraphy among

Title page with decorative calligraphy among flowers and butterflies. Handcoloured steel engraving by the Pauquet brothers after an illustration by Alexis Nicolas Noel from Hippolyte Lucas Natural

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Title page with vignette from Knorrs Deliciae

Title page with vignette from Knorrs Deliciae
Title page with vignette of Tritons with corals, shells and sea urchins in a border of reptiles and birds. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Robert Muys from Georg Wolfgang Knorrs Deliciae

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Title page to volume 1 with calligraphic title

Title page to volume 1 with calligraphic title and vignette or armour and weapons. Copperplate engraving from Francis Groses Military Antiquities respecting a History of the English Army, Stockdale

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Calligraphic title page with vignette

Calligraphic title page with vignette
Calligraphic title page with botanical vignette. Handcoloured lithograph by Dean and Munday after Eliza Eve Gleadall from her self-published The Beauties of Flora

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Love-in-Idleness (Midsummer Nights Dream)

Love-in-Idleness (Midsummer Nights Dream). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe, London, 1845

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Crimson Rose (Midsummer Nights Dream)

Crimson Rose (Midsummer Nights Dream). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe, London, 1845

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Honeysuckles (Much Ado About Nothing)

Honeysuckles (Much Ado About Nothing). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe, London, 1845

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Oak and Myrtle (Measure for Measure)

Oak and Myrtle (Measure for Measure). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe, London, 1845

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Roses of the Spring, Twelfth Night

Roses of the Spring, Twelfth Night
Roses of the Spring (primrose or cowslip), Twelfth Night. Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe, London

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Violets (Twelfth Night)

Violets (Twelfth Night). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe, London, 1845

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Oaks and Briers (Timon of Athens)

Oaks and Briers (Timon of Athens). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe, London, 1845

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Briers, Furzes, Gorse and Thorn

Briers, Furzes, Gorse and Thorn (The Tempest). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe, London, 1845

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Carnations and Gilly flowers (Winters Tale)

Carnations and Gilly flowers (Winters Tale). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe, London, 1845

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Daffodils, Violets, Primroses, Oxlips, Crown-imperial

Daffodils, Violets, Primroses, Oxlips, Crown-imperial, Lilies and Flower-de-lace (The Winters Tale). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Lavender, Mints, Savory, Marjoram and Marigold

Lavender, Mints, Savory, Marjoram and Marigold (Winters Tale). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Hawthorns and Brambles (As You Like It)

Hawthorns and Brambles (As You Like It). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe, London, 1845

Background imageCalligraphy Collection: Green Holly (As You Like It)

Green Holly (As You Like It). Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn and lithographed by Jane Elizabeth Giraud from The Flowers of Shakespeare, Day and Haghe, London, 1845



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