A Matter of Italics

Fournier's picture

Two designers quoted the Middle Age era in the lower case "g":
1. Jan Van Krimpen with the italics of Lutetia, Romanée, Haarlemmer, Spectrum
2. Eric Gill with the italics of Perpetua, Golden Cockerel, Joanna, Aries

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¶ Do you know who's started this italic "g" trend?

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PS: I've noticed the medieval "g" in the italics of ITC Galliard and ITC Esprit.

Fournier's picture

•••Notice the "g" of Perpetua Italic!

Fournier's picture

¶ What do you imply? Please elaborate.

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riccard0's picture

It seems to me that the model for this kind of |g| (and also for the stemmed |U| which some of your examples also share) is "just" a stylisation of connected cursive handwriting, thus it could well be that there's no one "who's started this italic "g" trend".

PabloImpallari's picture

It was typical in 1500's Writing Manuals.
Tagliente, Arrighi, Cataneo, Mercator, Palatinus, Yciar, Vespasiano, Cresci, etc.

Fournier's picture

¶ You're right. I double-checked chancery typefaces like ITC Zapf Chancery Italic, Poetica, Le Griffe.
¶ I'm sure it's older than The Renaissance.

Maxim Zhukov's picture

¶ I'm sure it's older than The Renaissance.

Of course.

Fournier's picture

¶ Designer Eric Gill also fashioned a roman typeface entitled Jubilee (1935) with that "g" and its closed loop.

Maxim Zhukov's picture

And this g comes from Gill’s Facia Italic:

Fournier's picture

Find the blackletter FF Ophelia with the closed "g".

And Cresci Rotunda.

riccard0's picture

It seems that even the insular style (known for its s-shaped |g|) allows a closed bottom loop: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/glc/799-insular/

Nick Shinn's picture

Bree has it in a Roman sans.
http://www.type-together.com/Bree

Fournier's picture

¶ Here's the Bree in question:

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