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Thomas Cottrell

British typefounder Cottrell was a former employee of the original William Caslon, which had been founded in 1757 when Cottrell and Joseph Jackson were fired in a wage dispute. He introduced the sloped scripts in the copperplate tradition of the Italian hand writing in 1774 [these were later developed in France, where they became known as "anglaise" typefaces]. Thomas Cottrell is also known for introducing some fat capitals (see his 1774 Specimen of Printing Types) to fill the need of event and product advertizers in London. One of his employees was Robert Thorne. In 1794 Robert Thorne purchased the foundry of Thomas Cottrell after Cottrell's death. By 1798 Thorne had replaced all of Cottrell's types with his own designs and in 1774 was the first type founders to begin showing the so-called fat typefaces. Other typefounders joined in later, such as Caslon in the late 1770s, Edmund Fry in 1787, S&C Stephenson in 1796, Caslon & Catherwood in 1805, Vincent Figgins in 1815, and Thorowgood in 1821.

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