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Bonhomme Richard

Designed by Brian Willson, Bonhomme Richard is a historical font family published by Three Islands Press.

Bonhomme Richard evokes the cursive penmanship of Chevalier John Paul Jones (1747–1792), celebrated Continental Navy commander during the American Revolution, in letters from the late 18th century. The font’s name comes from Jones’s famous frigate, lost during his victorious engagement with the British in the Battle of Flamborough Head in 1779. During this battle Jones is said to have exclaimed, when urged to surrender, “I have not yet begun to fight!” (In fact, his likely words were, “I may sink, but I’ll be damned if I strike!” – i.e., surrender.) A legible script, Bonhomme Richard has an elegance about it while also conjuring the colonial era of its source material. Use to simulate historical handwriting in film props, games, formal invitations, product labels, and the like.

Bonhomme Richard’s OpenType features include scores of contextual, discretionary, and historical ligatures, alternate alphabets, ink blots, cross-outs, and full Latin support.

Foundry Three Islands Press
Fonts 1
Price $39.00
Released October 30, 2022
Style Historical
Designer Brian Willson

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