Florence Kate Kingsford

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Song of Songs illustrated by Florence Kingsford, 1902
Song of Songs illustrated by Florence Kingsford, 1902
Signature of Florence Kingsford, 1902
Signature of Florence Kingsford, 1902

Florence Kate Kingsford (also Florence Kingsford Cockerell , Florence Kate Cockerell , Lady Florence ; * 1872 in Canterbury , † 1949 ) was a British calligrapher , illustrator and representative of modern book illumination .


Kingsford studied calligraphy with Edward Johnston . She then worked as an illustrator at Ashendene Press from 1900, where she was involved in the production of 60 books until 1910. One of these books, the Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s , produced in just 40 copies , is bound in dark green morocco leather and has been illustrated, decorated and gilded throughout by Kingsford.

In the years 1905 and 1906 Kingsford worked as a draftsman for the Egyptologist Flinders Petrie during his excavations in Egypt and made drawings of his finds. The British archaeologist Margaret Alice Murray published her findings in the mastabas of Saqqara along with a report by Kurt Sethe and drawings made by Kingford in 1937.

In 1906 Francis Llewellyn Griffith had translated the hymn to Aten the sun disk in Egypt , which Kingsford recorded as handwriting with clear script and illuminated with fine and sophisticated light effects. The hymn is regarded as a work of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten , English: Akenaten . The manuscript, along with other books and manuscripts, was sold by the artist's son to the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge in 1974 and is kept there.

While working as a calligrapher and illustrator, Kingsford met the curator and later director of the Sydney Museum Cockerell and married him. Cockerell got his wife to move from illustration to book illumination. However, her duties as a housewife and mother and her progressive disease, multiple sclerosis , prevented her from continuing to work as an artist.


  • Margaret Alice Murray with Kurt Sethe, Florence Kate Kingsford and others: Saqqara Mastabas. Parzs I and II , British School of Archeology in Egypt, Tenth Year, London 1937; also as digitized version: [1]

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  1. They invented their own font in FAZ of November 15, 2014, page 14