Reynolds Stone

I was once gently chastised by Humphrey Stone for describing his father, the wood engraver, Reynolds Stone, as an Old Etonian, which he was, the son of an Eton master and the grandson as well, but now that Humphrey has written a short, but highly evocative and, not surprisingly, beautifully illustrated biography of his father, I can see that the description is annoying, if not irrelevant, when applied to someone who was such a thoughtful and intense craftsman. He was the designer, which I knew, of the bookplate of the London Library, but also, which I did not, of the Economist masthead, the New English Bible and the logo for Dolcis shoes, as well as multiple carved inscriptions, all of them intelligently well judged, based on Renaissance letter forms, which he learned originally from studying type at Cambridge University Press.


6 thoughts on “Reynolds Stone

  1. Humphrey Stone was a direct contemporary of mine at prep school where he was a very good bowler with a lovely flowing action. We neither of us liked the school, Cothill, so it doesn’t sur[rose me that he was not keen on that description.

    Reynolds Stone was a master calligrapher and engraver, one of the best in a generation that included people such wonderful people as Rex Whistler, Eric Ravilious and John Piper.

  2. I always understood that Stone had designed the Times’ masthead. Perhaps this is wrong and perhaps that explains why the the Times hasn’t yet reviewed this beautiful new biography.

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