Violet Wilson Biography

Violet Wilson




Violet Wilson, who was born in London, was a calligrapher and gilder in the Traditional English style, Johnstonian school, working in London during the early 20th century. She studied as a private pupil of Claire G.M. Evans, who in turn had studied under Graily Hewitt. In the 1930s she became a member of the Society of Scribes & Illuminators. She participated in the 14th and 15th exhibitions of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society at the Royal Academy in London in 1928 and 1931.

She often collaberated with the German-born English illuminator Marta Bowerley on a number of illustrated leafs, Wilson doing the calligraphy and gilding and Bowerley painting the decorative borders, including "Aucassin and Nicolette"

Examples of her work are located at the Harrison Collection of Calligraphy, San Francisco Public Library. Little more information is available about her at this time.