Provenance: Elizabeth Bulkeley, the artist’s daughter
Dorothy Mahoney (ne Bishop) entered the RCA School of Design in 1924
with Book Illustration as her principal subject. From 1926-28 she took
lettering and illumination as her principal subject under Edward
Johnston, to whom, during this period, she became student-assistant.
Her subsidiary subjects were wood engraving, pottery, bookbinding and
In 1929 she was appointed Deputy Assistant to Edward Johnston, giving lectures, demonstrations, and classes in his absence.
A small selection of her work is on display at The British Museum.
page is copied from the English 14th century Queen Mary Psalter,
probably in the later half of the 1920’s whilst still at the RCA. The
original was in the British Museum but the a fine facsimile copy made in
1912 was held in the Victoria and Albert Museum next the Royal College
of Art. These examples of DM’s early work show how her ability as a
scribe was enhanced by her love of decoration. Elizabeth Bulkeley, the artist’s daughter, ( note to Paul Liss December 2010).