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Graily Hewitt
Memorial scroll to the next-of-kin of the fallen
C.87.5.i
 
    

Born in 1864, William Graily Hewitt was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was called to the bar in 1889 but interrupted his legal career by writing a novel and a volume of short stories. In 1899 he attended Edward Johnston's* evening classes at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and was rapidly brought in to teach there, and at Camberwell School of Art, when Johnston gave up due to pressure of work (1901). Graily Hewitt taught at the Central School until c.1930.

He published in tandem with Johnston in the early years of the century and collaborated with other scribes and illuminators throughout his life, making his career difficult to define. For example, W. Graily Hewitt and Ida Henstock worked together on the Book of Subscribers to the Bodleian Appeal (1949) and Graily Hewitt collaborated with many private presses as a decorator. His many publications on handwriting and type design appeared from 1915 to 1943, his work is in the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection and he was one of the original members of the book and printing circle, the Double Crown Club.

*Denotes included in the Crafts Study Centre Collection

 

 

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