Typefaces In Gravestones



Through my research this is something I became increasingly interested in, I have found some other examples of script used in memorials, I think its really interesting and personally thinks it suits really well although I think this is defiantly something very feminine so maybe would not suit for a mans memorial but personally think this might work for mine.

The History Of Script Type

A majority of formal scripts are based upon the letterforms of seventeenth and eighteenth century writing-masters like George Bickham, George Shelley and George Snell. The letters in their original form are generated by a quill or metal nib of a pen. Both are able to create fine and thick strokes. Typefaces based upon their style of writing appear late in the eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. Contemporary revivals of formal script faces can be seen in Kuenstler Script and Matthew Carter‘s typeface Snell Roundhand. These typefaces are frequently used for invitations and diplomas to effect an elevated and elegant feeling.


In my opinion this is one of the most common typefaces for headstones, not only in history but knower days this is something that is shown a lot as well.
This is something I think is very common to use and Im not sure whether I would use for mine.

History Of Roman Type

Roman typefaces where created to be more legible and easier than a black letter font although something I have noticed a lot through my research into the other memorials I noticed that a lot of them have black letter fonts in them and this is something that might be interesting to use.

In Latin-script typographyroman is one of the three main kinds of historical type, alongside blackletter and italic. Roman type was modelled from a European scribal manuscript style of the 15th century, based on the pairing of inscriptional capitals used in ancient Rome with Carolingian minuscules developed in the Holy Roman Empire.[1]During the early Renaissance, roman and italic type were used separately. Today, roman and italic type are mixed, and most typefaces are composed of an upright roman style with an associated italic or oblique style.


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