(*Portrait and bio taken with permission from Michael Sullís Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship, Volume I.)

Clinton H. Clark


Clinton H. Clark was one of those rare artists who, like Francis Courtney, seemed to have the skill to produce penmanship that bordered on the impossible. He was born in New York, April 15,1864. When eight years old, he told his father that he intended to make his living with a pen. Through years of study and determined work, he developed into a penman of uncommon ability He taught in business schools in San Antonio, Texas; Buffalo, New York; Hutchinson, Kansas; and Sioux City, Iowa. From 1916 until his death he was connected with Strayer's Business School in Philadelphia. In 1893 he won first prize in a worldwide contest conducted by the Penman's Art Journal. In so doing, the Journal classed him as one of the most skillful penmen in the United States. His offhand flourishing was on peer with Fielding Schofield and John Williams not only in exquisite renderings, but in his original designs as well. He died at age 73 on June 6, 1937.

(*Specimen courtesy of Bob Hurford.)

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