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A sample of a copperplate engraving on page 194 of The Universal Penman, first published c. 1740 – c. 1741. An example of George Bickham's English Roundhand lettering and engraving ability.

A copperplate script is a style of calligraphic writing most commonly associated with English Roundhand. Although often used as an umbrella term for various forms of pointed pen calligraphy, Copperplate most accurately refers to script styles represented in copybooks created using the intaglio printmaking method.

The term Copperplate Script identifies one of the most well-known and appreciated calligraphic styles of all time.[citation needed] Earlier versions of this script required a thin-tipped feather pen. Later, with the rise of industrialization, the use of more flexible and durable fine-point metal nibs became widespread. Many masters offered their contributions in defining the aesthetic canons of the copperplate script, but what really stood out as fundamental was the work of the writing master and engraver George Bickham, who in his book The Universal Penman (1733–1741) collected script samples from twenty-five of the most talented London calligraphers. Copperplate was undoubtedly the most widespread script in the period between the 17th and 18th centuries,[citation needed] and its influence spread not only throughout Europe but also in North America.

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