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About Foundry Wilson
Foundry Wilson is an elegant but lively serif font that displays a beautiful colour and texture on the printed page. With its legible proportions, poise and transitional serif design, Foundry Wilson is perfect for book work and is equally adaptable for screen use.
Foundry Wilson is an expertly crafted revival of a face originally cast in 1760 by renowned Scottish type founder Alexander Wilson. A distinctive, robust design, with a taste of the incised letterforms of its time, Foundry Wilson provides a fresh alternative to its contemporary Baskerville types. Alexander Wilson was a learned and cultured man and professor of astronomy, who crafted his types with much care and enthusiasm. Many of his fonts were produced and used exclusively in the classics from the Foulis brothers of the Glasgow University Press; a working relationship producing typography which earned the praise of their peers, notably Fournier le jeune.
The Wilson types were noted for their excellent fit and even colour in the smaller sizes. The vigorousness of Wilson’s type was unprecedented in mid 18th century type design. Interestingly it was found that the first bold face types can be linked back to the Wilson foundry.
The Foundry designers have lovingly interpreted the Wilson type for today’s discerning designers, which offers a full bloodied flavour. The original roman and italic have been faithfully redrawn and weights added to complete the family. The character set includes small capitals, ligatures and old style ﬁgures; enhanced by a set of printer’s ﬂowers from the same source.