John Clark W.M.Aetat Suae 25
Engraving, sheet 180 x 120mm (7 x 4¾"). Wormhole top left. Cut to image.
John Clark (1683-1736), writing-master. Clark published his first copybook 'The Penman's Diversion' (to which this portrait was the frontispiece) in 1708, and when George Shelley was appointed writing-master to Christ's Hospital in 1710 Clark took over his boarding-school. Clark went on to achieve great commercial success with his several subsequent copybooks, but gained notoriety for his contentious nature. He conducted a long-running dispute with Shelley and another penman, Charles Snell which centred on the place of ornament in penmanship, in which Clark saw such devices as superfluous and misleading.
O'D 2; for Shelley see ref 38872; for Snell see ref. 38871. Ex: The Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd Collection.
[Ref: 38873] £140.00