A History of Type Design: William Morris, 1834–1896 (Kelmscott, England)


Using a variation on the Japanese frottage technique of Takuhon, curator Gavin Morrison and artist Scott Myles have taken impressions from the headstones of prominent type designers and then turned them into limited edition lithographs. Each one is printed at 100% of the original rubbing. And each one is a total stunner. Here’s the piece for William Morris with appropriately big letters for a big character in our world. If only his types were as readable as the lettering on his grave.

Although not shown here, this copy is numbered and signed by both Morrison (Gavin) and Myles.

Note: We’re not entirely sure how we’ll ship this, so unless you come pick it up, know that it might take us a spell to get this packed securely.

Further Note: This piece will be in a forthcoming exhibition here and we’ll not be able to ship it until late-summer.

  • Artists: Scott Myles & Gavin Morrison
  • Size: 45.3 × 25.6 inches 
  • Pages: 1
  • Binding: na 
  • Printing: Lithography on mouldmade paper
  • Condition: Lower right corner is bumped but fixable. But let’s talk about getting you a pristine copy. We might be able to do so. Signed and numbered in pencil.
  • Edition: 20
  • Publisher: n.p., 2011