Shelley, George (DNB00)
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SHELLEY, GEORGE (1666?–1736?), calligrapher, born about 1666, received his education at Christ's Hospital, London, and in 1708 was living at the ‘Hand and Pen’ in Warwick Lane, where he kept a school. He became ‘a celebrated and shining ornament in the commonwealth of English calligraphy.’ In 1714 he was writing-master at Christ's Hospital, and he held that appointment for twenty years. He died in straitened circumstances about 1736.
His works are:
- ‘The Penman's Magazine,’ London, 1705, fol.; it contains thirty-two plates engraved by Joseph Nutting, and is adorned with about one hundred open figures and fancies ‘performed’ by Shelley ‘after the originals of the late incomparable Mr. John Seddon.’
- ‘Natural Writing in all the Hands, with Variety of Ornament,’ London,  oblong fol. It contains twenty-six plates and a fine portrait engraved by George Bickham.
- ‘Penna Volans; done after ye English, French & Dutch Way,’ London, [1710?] oblong fol. It contains fifteen plates.
- ‘Sentences and Maxims … in Prose and Verse … containing a Select and Curious Collection of Copies of all sorts, put into Alphabetical Order,’ London, 1712, 8vo; 3rd ed. 1761.
- ‘Seven Plates of Round-hand, Italian, and Print, dated 1712, in Bickham's “Penman's Companion.”’
- ‘The Second Part of Natural Writing, containing the Breakes of Letters and their Dependance on each other. … The whole making a compleat Body of Penmanship,’ London,  oblong 4to; it contains thirty-four plates, and a smaller portrait of Shelley engraved by Bickham from a painting by B. Lens.
[Massey's Origin and Progress of Letters, ii. 131; Evans's Cat. of Engraved Portraits, Nos. 9498, 9499; Bromley's Cat. of Engraved Portraits, p. 302; Noble's Contin. of Granger, ii. 360; De Morgan's Arithmetical Books, 1847, p. 73.]