What is Copperplate Writing?

For many years the hand which we know today as ‘Copperplate’ was called ‘Roundhand’. Unfortunately that name is now sometimes used by calligraphers as an alternative for the ‘Foundational Hand’ first developed and popularised by Edward Johnston.It is called Copperplate as in the early days the scribe’s writing was transferred by an engraver, using a pointed tool called a burin, on to a plate made of copper. Printed sheets were then made from this plate.Copperplate is also the name of a style of calligraphic writing, using a sharp pointed nib instead of the flat nib used in most calligraphic writing. Fine hairlines are produced when the pointed nib is just touching the paper and no pressure is applied to the nib. Shades (thick strokes) are produced when the scribe applies pressure to open the nib.

Copperplate Alphabet

5 thoughts on “What is Copperplate Writing?

  1. this is the most beautiful hand writting in the world and i am learning how to do it…

  2. I like to learn how to write copper plate in calligraphy, it’s amazing

  3. I just love it! 🙂

  4. I love it it’s beautiful

  5. This was the style of writing taught in schools, in South Australia at any rate, when I was at school. We used ink and pen for all of our writing in the 50s and early 60s and I still write in this style, albeit with a ballpoint pen now (thus lacking the emphasis between up and downstrokes). It’s easy to read and provides a nice, easy flowing text. As with all things, its appearance improves with practice.

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