John ClarkWriting Master and Accomptant, London
Engraving, in ink verso 5 Shil; sheet 285 x 180mm (11¼ x 7"). Trimmed and glued to backing sheet.
John Clark (1683-1736), writing-master. Clark published his first copybook 'The Penman's Diversion' 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. Frontispiece to Clark's 'Writing Improved, or, Penmanship Made Easy', 1712, which is valuable for its lengthy preface explaining the process of producing engraved copybooks and how engravers reproduced the penman's original designs.
O'D 1; for Shelley see ref 38872; for Snell see ref. 38871. Ex: The Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd Collection.
[Ref: 38875] £180.00