|A favorite quote of mine with one of my carved images.|
|Uncial Exemplar by Anne Rita Taylor|
Last week summer study began with the Houston Calligraphy Guild (HCG) on Gothic Lettering. While I practiced the Blackletter hand I noticed Uncial was used for initials to introduce the rest of the text which was in Blackletter or Italic lettering.
After the summer study class I took a book out of the HCG Library called Medieval Calligraphy - Its History and Technique by Mark Drogin. From 1989, it is an interesting book.
Uncial had its beginnings in the 3rd to 6th Century. Examples in the Marc Drogin book are from 450 and 510.
Yet I love Uncial because it seems so modern to me.
Uncial is often called Irish calligraphy. The Celtic Design Book by Aidan Meehan has been invaluable. He talks about an early Psalm book circa 600, the Cathach of St. Columba, with letters decorated with spirals and small animal heads.
|From Aidan Meehan's book|
The Book of Kells from the year 800 has stylized Uncial lettering which has the Latin texts of the Four Gospels of the New Testament, Christian Bible.
When my friend Carol traveled to Trinity College in Dublin she brought back a Book of Kells coloring book for me; here
is the letter T.
I make use of the Speedball Textbooks - the latest came out in 2015 and displays four types of Uncial Exemplars: Uncial Gothic, Celtic Uncial, Roman Uncial (my favorite), and Greek Uncial.