Alfred J Fairbank (1896-1982)
Elected to Craft Membership in 1921.Served as Chairman: 1951-1963Served as Hon. Secretary: 1931-1934
Civil servant, CBE (1955), distinguished calligrapher and pioneer of handwriting reform. In 1920 he studied lettering and illuminating under Graily Hewitt: under the patronage of St John Hornby he wrote the superb manuscripts of Ecclesiasticus, Horace and Virgil. He was a founder member of the SSI, serving variously as President, Hon Sec and Treasurer. At the instance of Stanley Morison, he designed in 1928 the elegant compact typeface known as Narrow Bembo, a title he detested. He was closely associated with Edward Johnston and worked on a phonetic alphabet with Robert Bridges. During this time he anticpated the crisis in handwriting that was to hit classrooms after the war. Starting from a study of 16th-century writing masters (Tagliente and Lucas), he evolved a simple modern Italic, which was adopted in numerous schools. His Dryad Writing Cards, Handwriting Cards and Beacon Writing Books are now classics. In cooperation with manufacturer George Hughes, he devised the first italic pen nib. He founded the SIH in 1952. In 1976 his 70th birthday was celebrated with a festschrift Calligraphy and Paleography. (from Obituary The Scribe 25, A. S. Osley)
Studied under: Graily Hewitt.
Peter S Feltham
Elected to Craft Membership in 1965.
Michael (Meic) Finch (Morgan-Finch)
Elected to Craft Membership in 1980.
Elected to Craft Membership in 1944.Served as Hon. Secretary: 1947-1950
After an academic education she joined the Central School of Art to study calligraphy under Graily Hewitt whose work she admired. Here she became acquainted with Alfred Fairbank who became a lifelong friend. She contributed an article on Ink to The Calligrapher's Handbook, published 1956. She was modest and secretive about her private life. However it is known that her work at InterService Topographical Department, Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty during the Second World War involved her in the preparation of maps for use in the invasion. She had strong ties with France between the wars and for her post-war work involving the survivors and refugees of Dachau concentration camp she received a decoration from the French authorities. (obituary by Vera Ibbett, The Scribe 25)
Studied under: Graily Hewitt.
Gerald Fleuss (1942-)
Elected to Fellowship in 1982.
Born Cambridge 1942. Joined David Kindersley's workshop part-time in 1980, and attended Digby Stuart College, Roehampton Institute from 1981 to 1982, where he studied under Ann Camp. Has devoted much time to the furtherance of the influence of Edward Johnston, founding the Edward Johnston Foundation in 1995. This successful institution has established archives of contemporary work and is launching a full educational programme. It holds an annual international seminar and exhibitions of international repute. Examples of his work appear in Calligraphy Masterclass ed. Peter Halliday: The Calligrapher's Project Book by Susanne Haines: Modern Scribes and Lettering Artists I and II:The Calligrapher's Handbook ed Heather Child: Calligraphy '84, and Fine Words Fine Books, catalogues from the SSI and other exhibitions. He has work in the public collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum and at Harvard University. He has produced commissions over 30 years for many important clients. He has been a member of The Art Workers Guild since 1983 and of the Wynkyn de Worde Society since 1988. (details S. Gunn)
Taught at: Roehampton Institute of Higher Education 1985-1995
Studied under: David Kindersley, Ann Camp ARCA.
Miss Moselle Freeman
Elected to Craft Membership in 1921.
Studied under: Graily Hewitt, HL Christie.
Kathleen (Annie) Froggatt
Elected to Craft Membership in 1935.
Elected to Fellowship in 2011.