Friday, September 30, 2011

New Spencerian Paintings.....

Spencerian Script is a script style that flourished in the United States from 1850 to 1925.

Platt Rogers Spencer, whose name the style bears, was impressed with the idea that America needed a penmanship style that could be written quickly, legibly, and elegantly to aid in matters of business correspondence as well as personal letter-writing.

Spencerian Script was developed in 1840, and began soon after to be taught in the school Spencer established specifically for that purpose. He quickly turned out graduates who left his school to start replicas of it abroad, and Spencerian Script thus began to reach the common schools. Spencer never saw the great success that his penmanship style enjoyed because he died in 1864, but his sons took upon themselves the mission of bringing their late father's dream to fruition.

This they did by publishing and distributing Spencer's unpublished book, Spencerian Key to Practical Penmanship, in 1866. Spencerian Script became the standard across the United States and remained so until the 1920s when the spreading popularity of the typewriter rendered its use as a prime method of business communication obsolete. (Wikipedia)

I've always loved the flourished Spencerian style birds and animals,so elegant. I used to paint Spencerian birds years ago, and had the urge to re-visit this style with three new paintings,including one Halloween theme. I will be listing these on Ebay tonight. You can see my current paintings for sale by clicking**HERE**.


Cris said...

WOW! I love when I learn something by reading a blog! I really love these bird paintings too. The Halloween one is fabulous~

Tammie Lee said...

they are each one quite beautiful!

LoriAnn / altered-posh said...

Thanks so much Cris and Tammie!