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Percy J. Delf Smith

Or Percy Smith. British lettering artist. Percy John Delf Smith (1882-1948) trained at Camberwell School of Art under Edward Johnston and Graily Hewitt. He subsequently taught at the LCC from 1934-1938 and was Assistant Examiner in Lettering and Illumination to the Board of Education from 1939. At his Dorian (later Dorno) Workshop, he did the lettering for the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. His other work included lettering for County Hall, Broadcasting House and the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. Some of his work was digitally revived:

  • GC16 (2015-2016, Bold Decisions): a monospaced serif typeface that goes back to an undated plate by Percy Smith.
  • Look here for initials designed by Percy Smith for the Curwen Press.
  • Ornaments 6 AR (2010, Ari Rafaeli) is based on designs for the Curwen Press by Edward Bawden and Percy Smith.
  • Lettering done at 55 Broadway, S.W.1, London, led Matthieu Cortat (Nonpareille to develop a digital all-caps typeface called Petit Serif (2013). It has all the features of an engraved alphabet.
Books by Percy Smith include
  • Lettering: A Plea (London: Dorian Workshop & Studio, 1932).
  • Lettering: a Handbook of Modern Alphabets (London: A & C Black, 1936).
  • Civic and Memorial Lettering (1946).
In addition, he Percy Smith contributed to several books including Penmanship of the XVI, XVII & XVIIIth centuries, edited by Lewis F. Day (1911), and Lettering and its uses to-day (Cantor lectures: Royal Society of Arts; 1936).

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