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John Baskerville (1706–1775) by James Millar, 1774 Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

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Baskerville, John (1706–1775), printer and typefounder, was born at Sion Hill, Wolverley, near Kidderminster, Worcestershire, the son of John Baskervile (d. 1738) and his wife, Sara or Sarah; he was baptized at Wolverley on 28 January 1707. It is likely that the family were landowners and farmers in a small way. In later life ...

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See Caslon [née Cartlich], Elizabeth

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Caslon [née Cartlich], Elizabeth (1730–1795), typefounder, was born in Foster Lane, London, on 31 May 1730, the daughter of William Cartlich, refiner, of Foster Lane, and his wife, Elizabeth. She was baptized on 4 June at St John Zachary, London. On 25 June 1751 she married ...

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Elizabeth Caslon (1730–1795) by William Satchwell Leney (after Charles Catton the elder) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Caslon, William, the elder (1692–1766), typefounder, was born at Cradley, Worcestershire, the son of George Caslon (d. 1709), shoemaker, of nearby Halesowen, and Mary Steven. George was the son of William Castledowne, also a shoemaker of Halesowen, and an earlier form of the family surname, recorded in ...

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See Caslon, William, the elder

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William Caslon the elder (1692–1766) by John Faber junior (after Francis Kyte, 1740) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edmund Fry (1757–1835) by unknown artist © National Portrait Gallery, London

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H. R. Tedder

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Fry, Edmund (1754–1835), typefounder, was born at Bristol, the son of Joseph Fry (1728–1787), chocolate manufacturer and typefounder, and his wife, Anna, née Portsmouth (1719/20–1803), daughter of Henry Portsmouth MD of Basingstoke, Hampshire. He studied medicine, took the degree of MD at Edinburgh...