Cursive Italic is a style of handwriting that combines elements of cursive handwriting with the elegance and clarity of Italic calligraphy. The style is characterized by its flowing, connected letterforms and its use of slanted lines and serifs.
The origins of Cursive Italic can be traced back to the 16th century, when the Chancery Italic style of handwriting was first developed in Italy. As Chancery Italic spread throughout Europe, it became popular among both scribes and ordinary people who wanted a more elegant and legible handwriting style.
Over time, different variations of Italic handwriting emerged, including Cursive Italic. This style became particularly popular in the 20th century, when it was taught in schools and used for everyday correspondence and personal notes.
Some of the best-known specimens of Cursive Italic handwriting can be found in the work of renowned calligraphers such as Edward Johnston, who developed the influential "Foundational Hand" style of calligraphy, and Lloyd Reynolds, who taught calligraphy at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
In addition to its use in calligraphy and personal correspondence, Cursive Italic has also been adapted for use in typography and graphic design. The style's flowing, graceful lines and legibility make it a popular choice for advertising, packaging, and other design applications.