More Than Fine Writing

Heather Child, Author, Heather Collins, Joint Author, Donald Jackson, Joint Author Overlook Press $39.95 (140p) ISBN 978-0-87951-269-9
Wellington's calligraphy has been praised for its absolute rightness of design, its liveliness and grace, its easy fusion of writing and decoration. This pioneer of the British arts-and-crafts movement could turn a listing of 400 bailiffs into an elegant piece of abstract design. A Christmas carol penned on parchment sings with understated dignity, while a calligraphic collage of animals and alphabet fragments astonishes with its freewheeling spontaneity. Wellington, who died in 1984, did commissioned pieces for the British royal family. Her copybooks, penned quotations and book illustrations reveal her sureness of touch. The most personal pieces are whimsical cards made for friends, full of witty decorations. This album includes 125 color reproductions of her writings and illuminations. (March 31)
Reviewed on: 03/31/1987
Release date: 03/01/1987
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