John Baskerville, English type founder and printer, c 1774.
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Oil on canvas painting from 1856 by Alexander Craig, after an original oil painting by James Millar (active 1771-1790) of 1774. Born in Worcestershire, Baskerville (1706-1775) moved to Birmingham and worked as a school writing master, headstone engraver and calligrapher, before making his fortune manufacturing japaned wares. He went on to create his own type and ink and, using his own pres, produced high quality original work. He was the first to use woven paper.