Talk

Online Talk: Discovering & Digitally Recreating the Doves Type

24 April 2024
6pm
£7

In this talk, Robert will discuss the Doves type's creation and destruction, and his project to rediscover and resurrect it for the digital age.

For 97 years, experts and enthusiasts searched in vain for the Doves type, thrown in the Thames by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson during a bitter dispute over its ownership with former Doves Press partner Emery Walker. Cobden-Sanderson resolved to prevent Walker from having it. For five months between 1916 and 1917, on nights when conditions were right, he would take a small batch of type from the Doves Press across Hammersmith Bridge, casting it into the Thames under cover of darkness. He eventually disposed of the entire fount, over a ton of metal type.

In October 2014, Robert Green was the first to discover a portion of the lost type, part of his research for a project to redraw and digitise the famous Doves Roman typeface. Carefully retracing Cobden-Sanderson's route across Hammersmith Bridge, Green identified the spot where the fount was discarded almost a century before. After finding several pieces of type, he enlisted salvage divers from the Port of London Authority. Returning to the bridge with the divers in November 2014, a further 148 Doves sorts were recovered and used as references for his digital Doves type.

In this talk, Robert will discuss the Doves type's creation and destruction, and his project to rediscover and resurrect it for the digital age. Robert Green is currently researching his PhD on the influence of the Doves Press.

Tickets are £7

This is a live talk, that takes place over zoom. Attendees will be sent the link the day of the talk.

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