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Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt

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.


  • Haileybury Buildings (1936)
  • Desert Hawk : Abd el Kader and the French Conquest of Algeria (Methuen, 1947)
  • The Art of Botanical Illustration (1950) with William T. Stearn
  • Tulipomania (King Penguin, 1950)
  • Sweet Roman Hand (1952)
  • Pietro's Pilgrimage (1953)
  • Great Flower Books, 1700-1900 : A Bibliographical Record of Two Centuries of Finely-illustrated Flower Books (1956), Sacheverell Sitwell, Wilfrid Blunt and Patrick Millington Synge, Atlantic Monthly Press (1990) ISBN 0871132842
  • Lady Muriel; Lady Muriel Paget, her husband, and her philanthropic work in Central and Eastern Europe (1962)
  • Cockerell; Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, friend of Ruskin and William Morris and director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1965)
  • Isfahan, Pearl of Persia (1966, with Wim Swaan)
  • Haileybury Buildings, 2nd Edition (1966)
  • John Christie of Glyndebourne (1968)
  • The Dream King, Ludwig of Bavaria (1970)
  • The Compleat Naturalist: a life of Linnaeus (Collins, 1971, with William T. Stearn)
  • Captain Cook's Florilegium (1973, with W. T. Stearn)
  • The Golden Road to Samarkand (1973)
  • On Wings of Song; a biography of Felix Mendelssohn (1974)
  • The Australian Flower Paintings of Ferdinand Bauer (1976, with W. T. Stearn)
  • Splendours of Islam (1976)
  • The Illustrated Herbal (Frances Lincoln, 1979, with S. Raphael)
  • Married to a Single Life: an Autobiography, 1901-1938 (1983)
  • Slow on the Feather: Further Autobiography, 1938–1959 (1986)
  • Of Flowers & a Village: An Entertainment for Flower Lovers (Hamish Hamilton, 1963)


  1. ^ a b "Blunt, Wilfrid Jasper Walter" in Marlborough College Register 1843–1952 (The Bursar, Marlborough, 1953), p. 593
  2. ^ [] 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.