George Bickham the elder (1684 – 1758), was a famous 18th century writing master and engraver. Bickham was taught writing and copperplate engraving by John Sturt (1658 – 1730). Bickham published at least eighteen titles, most of them made up from his own calligraphy. He is famous for his manual The Universal Penman, first published in parts from 1733 to 1741, a complete reprint was published in 1743 in one volume. The manual is the finest of it’s day and consists of writing exemplars from 26 English writing masters. It helped to popularize the English Round Hand script.
Bickham Script is often used for wedding invitations and other formal occasions.
Below are some samples I recently did for a wedding.