Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt

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Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt (1901–1987) was an art teacher, author, artist and curator of the Watts Gallery at Compton, Surrey (1959–83).

The son of the Rev. A. S. V. Blunt, of Paris, Blunt was educated at Marlborough College, where he was a scholar, leaving in July 1920 for Worcester College, Oxford, where he was an Exhibitioner, finally at the Royal College of Art.[1]

He was art master at Haileybury College (1923–38)[1] and then at Eton College (1938–59) and helped to start a revolution in the hand-writing of British school-children, using the 15th-century Italian Cancellaresca ("Chancery") script[2] as a basis.[3][4]

For his book "The Art of Botanical Illustration'" in 1950 he was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society.[5]

His brothers were the numismatist Christopher Evelyn Blunt and Anthony Blunt, Poussin expert and Russian spy.



  1. ^ a b "Blunt, Wilfrid Jasper Walter" in Marlborough College Register 1843–1952 (The Bursar, Marlborough, 1953), p. 593
  2. ^ http://www.fontscape.com/explore?6TG Chancery Scripts - Retrieved on 2007-01-08
  3. ^ Wilfrid Blunt, Dictionary of Art Historians. Retrieved on 2006-10-23
  4. ^ Wilfrid Blunt (1952), Sweet Roman hand: Five hundred years of italic cursive script, James Barrie, ASIN B0000CI87Z, OCLC 7078722
  5. ^ Writers Directory. p. 120. 


  • Blunt, Wilfrid; Stearn, William (1994) [1950 Collins]. The art of botanical illustration: an illustrated history. New York: Dover Publications. ISBN 9780486272658. 
  • Blunt, Wilfred; Stearn, William (1973). Captain Cook's Florilegium: A Selection of Engravings from the Drawings of Plants Collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on Captain Cook's First Voyage to the Islands of the Pacific. London: Lion and Unicorn Press. ISBN 0902490125.  (see Banks' Florilegium)
  • Stearn, William T. (1976). The Australian flower paintings of Ferdinand Bauer. Introduction by Wilfrid Blunt. London: Basilisk Press. ISBN 9780905013015.  (see Ferdinand Bauer)
  • Blunt, Wilfrid (2001). Linnaeus : the complete naturalist. Introduction by William T. Stearn. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691096360. 

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