Caslon Font History. At that time most types were being imported to england from dutch sources, so caslon was influenced by the characteristics of dutch types. The history of caslon william caslon i was an english gunsmith and designer of typefaces.
It was originally called fifteenth century, but was renamed caslon antique by nadall's foundry, barnhart bros. History of the caslon font. The lineage of the caslon family is complicated because they all shared similar names, even their wives.
William Caslon, specimens of Caslon roman and italic, 1734. Advanced
His works gained fame because of their attractiveness and functionality. For most of its history it was based at chiswell street, islington, was the oldest type foundry in london, and the most prestigious. Caslon in essence refers to old style serifs originally created by william caslon in 1722. Caslon’s first specimen sheet was issued in 1734 and exhibited his roman and italic types in 14 different sizes.