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Further on Percy Smith – 1907

It was June last year that I ran a piece on Percy Smith (see here), who I had come across through his book, Civic and Memorial Lettering. Today I chanced upon some old copies of the Newsletter produced by the Society of Scribes and Illuminators hidden away at the bottom of a bookcase of mine. I may have joined the group briefly in the 1980s, or have bought them as job lot somewhere, I really can’t remember now. Anyhow, on the front cover of the issue dated Spring 1980 is this photo taken in 1907 at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. It’s a fascinating picture in its own right and, as the caption notes, all but one of the twenty students are women. The caption goes on: “A clock in the photograph [not shown] reads 2.57pm and according to the school prospectus for 1907 Percy Smith taught the afternoon calligraphy class. He may be seen at the back talking to a student.”