Edward Johnston: Doodles

Scope and Content

Doodles on the back of two pages of music with lyrics beginning 'Golden slumbers kiss your eye. Smiles awake you'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Johnston (1872-1944), calligrapher and designer, was born in Uruguay on 11 February 1872, and educated privately. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University, 1896-1897, but was forced to leave due to his health. After studying the pen shapes of letters in early manuscripts at the British Museum, 1898-1899, he taught the first classes in Formal Penmanship and Lettering at the London County Council Central School, 1899-1912. He was also a teacher at the Royal Cambrian Academy from 1901. Johnston died on 26 November 1944.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Edward Johnston in Who was who, vol. IV, 1941-1950 (London, 1980), p. 609.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds copies, made by Edward Johnston, of works by Thomas Cobden-Sanderson, MS.Add.8456, and William Blake, MS.Add.8457.