Deepdene (typeface)

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Category Serif
Designer(s) Frederic Goudy
Foundry Lanston Monotype
Date released 1927 onwards
Shown here Linden Hill

Deepdene is a serif typeface designed by Frederic Goudy from 1927–1933.[1] It belongs to the "old-style" of serif font design, with low contrast between strokes and an oblique axis. However, Deepdene has crisp serifs and a nearly upright italic, with much less of a slant than is normal for this style.[1]

Issued by the American branch of Lanston Monotype, Deepdene was popular on its release and often used for the body text of books.[2][3][4] Several digitisations have been created.

Deepdene is named after Goudy's home in Marlborough-on-Hudson.[3][5][6] This was itself named for the road on which he previously lived in Queens, New York.[7][8]


Deepdene in metal type

Goudy described the design as loosely inspired by "a Dutch type which had just been introduced;" Goudy's friend Paul Bennett suggested in later life that this was Jan van Krimpen's Lutetia although Walter Tracy writes that the attribution cannot be certain.[9] He also later created a medium weight, bold and bold italic.[1]

Goudy's biographer D. J. R. Bruckner praised the design as "the type that brings together the most characteristics of Goudy types the best".[3]

Goudy later created a blackletter design, Deepdene Open Text and the derived Deepdene Text, which was intended to complement it for purposes such as initial capitals.[a] The designs are not related otherwise.[1]

The family in metal type included:


The swash capitals and lower-case 'g', 'k' and 'z' of the open-source "Linden Hill" font, based on Goudy's Deepdene and created by Barry Schwarz.

Deepdene has been digitised and released by several organisations and software companies. P22's digitisation under their LTC imprint perhaps uniquely includes the swash capitals and small caps in italics.[10] The open-source "League of Movable Type" project has released an open-source digitisation, "Linden Hill", by Barry Schwartz, in regular and italic with swashes but without bold weights.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d Goudy, Frederic (1946). A Half-Century of Type Design and Typography, Volume 2. New York: The Typophiles. pp. 150–201. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Updike, John. "A Bull in the Typography Shop: a review of Frederic Goudy by D. J. R. Bruckner". New York Times. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Bruckner, D. J. R. (1990). Frederic Goudy. Masters of American Design. 
  4. ^ "Deepdene Oldstyle". P22. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Guide to the Frederic Goudy Papers, 1903-1966". Catherine Pelton Durrell ’25 Archives and Special Collections Library. Vassar College. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Deepdene, Goudy's Home on Old Post Road". Marlborough Local History (blog). Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Sloane, Eric (April 2006). Return to Taos: Eric Sloane's Sketchbook of Roadside Americana. Courier Corporation. pp. 8–9. ISBN 978-0-486-44773-5. 
  8. ^ Emily Amodeo; Joanne Sagarese Pagnotta; James B. Cosgrove (2012). Marlborough. Arcadia Publishing. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7385-9788-1. 
  9. ^ Tracy, Walter (January 2003). Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design. D.R. Godine. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-56792-240-0. 
  10. ^ "LTC Deepdene". MyFonts. LTC. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Schwartz, Barry. "Linden Hill". League of Movable Type. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  1. ^ Text means "textura", a term meaning blackletter. It does not in this context indicate a font intended for body text.

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