Calligraphy exists in a wide variety of styles, all rooted in the writing styles used by our ancestors throughout history. The so-called « Copperplate » style originated in 17th century England and quickly became a standard style, its simplest form is still taught in the schools of many countries.
The rise of England as a major economic power during the 17th century brought about the need for an increasing number of scribes educated in writing and record-keeping. The British writing masters slowly developped their own new style based on the Italian Bastarda and the works of the French and Dutch writing masters. The main aspects of this new Round-Hand was that it was both more legible and faster to write.
The name commonly given to this calligraphic style today, Copperplate, came from the method by which the many copy books printed in the 18th century were reproduced : by engraving the design on copper plates.
Today, Copperplate is very popular among calligraphers all over the world, favoured for the gracefulness of its forms. It can look very formal in its simplest form, but can also be richly ornamented with flourishes. It looks great on large bodies of text, makes gorgeous titles, or logos and makes any envelope look stunning.
However, it isn’t an easy style to learn : it takes a lot of practice and study, and with time each calligrapher develops their own particular style. If you are looking for a teacher, just drop me a line and I’ll help you find one.