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Donald Jackson

Born in Leigh, Lancashire in 1938, Donald Jackson gained a scholarship to Bolton School of Art at the age of 13. From there he went on to specialise in design and calligraphy at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where he was taught by Irene Wellington* and M.C. Oliver*. Post-graduate study at Goldsmiths' College, London followed, after which Jackson became a teacher at Camberwell College of Art and a calligrapher, based in London.

Since 1964 he has been one of two official scribes to Her Majesty's Crown Office at the House of Lords, preparing royal charters and other commemorative documents. In 1980-81 he made a series of television films, The Story of Writing, and wrote a book of the same name; in 1986 he co-wrote a monograph on Irene Wellington entitled More than fine writing.

Donald Jackson moved his workshop and assistants to premises near Monmouth, Wales in the early 1980s, from where he exhibits and lectures widely, particularly in the United States where his work is chiefly collected. In 1999 he was commissioned to produce a large and lavish, hand-written and illuminated Bible by St John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota - a Roman Catholic university. When complete it will fill seven volumes.

*Denotes included in the Crafts Study Centre Collection



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