Percy Smith studied lettering at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in 1900 under the tuition of Edward Johnston and later Grailley Hewitt who was especially interested in gilding, illuminating and decorative lettering. He took over the position of Grailley Hewitt in 1904 and took a number of classes, including typography. He was a contemprary of Eric Gill. He took a major part in the organisation of an Exhibition of Lettering at the South London Art Gallery, Peckham in 1913. While continuing with part-time teaching he undertook various types of commercial lettering and a small studio and workshop named The Roman Lettering Company at the suggestion of Mr. Ralph Knott, chief architect of the London County Cou
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