Marion Richardson was recognised for her pioneering work in the teaching of art to young children soon after she started at the Dudley Girls High School in 1912. Her fame soon spread; however this book concentrates more on the other side of her valuable life's work - handwriting. She produced two schemes, first the Dudley Writing Cards in 1935. using a formal hand, strongly influenced by the work of Edward Johnston. Moving to London, and later becoming an inspector of schools, her views altered to dramatic effect. She observed young children's hands and how they moved and developed her letter forms to work for them. This, combined with extensive, and highly imaginative use of pattern throughout her copy books, made Writing & Writing Patterns, published in 1935, an instant and lasting success. Echoes of her child-orientated method remain in many schemes today.
Rosemary Sassoon trained as a scribe and designer, working mainly in the field of letter forms. Later, specialising in the educational and medical aspects of handwriting, she was awarded a PhD by the Department of Typography and Graphic Design in the University of Reading for her work on The Effect of Models and Teaching Methods on the Joins in Children's Handwriting. After researching children's preferences her family of Sassoon typefaces, originally meant for reading purposes, have been adapted for handwriting purposes. Now similar letters for reading and writing are, at last, available for teaching purposes in schools. These projects have given her a particular interest in the life and work of Marion Richardson. As a researcher and international lecturer her many publications include: The Art and Science of Handwriting, The Acquisition of a Second Writing System, and Handwriting of the Twentieth Century, all available from www.calligraphity.com.
1st edition, 2011, paperback, 96pp, fully illustrated, 19 x 25.5 cm