Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Landscape alphabet, L.E.M. Jones

Posted by Charley Parker at 5:16 pm

Landscape alphabet, L.E.M. Jones, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel
This wonderful alphabet, composed of landscape images, was created in the early 19th century. If I understand correctly, it was designed and drawn by an artist named L.E.M. Jones, and then printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, who may have made the lithographic drawings from which the prints were pulled.

Full set is in the British Museum.

I particularly love the dimensional effect of the atmospheric perspective in the “B”, and the intertwining forms of the “N”.

[Via BoingBoing and Letterology]

2 comments for Landscape alphabet, L.E.M. Jones »

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  1. Comment by Seth Rosamilia
    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    These are very neat, and I completely agree with the N–I think it’s my favorite.

  2. Comment by Bill Marshall
    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

    Very cool! So subtle; “I see a letter in that drawing”! (instead of “face”)

    Thanks, Charley

    Bill

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