Calligraphy & Illumination


Jane Sullivan is a recognized specialist in Calligraphy and Illumination who works regularly on orders for both companies and individuals. If you are interested in her work you can contact her directly.

Jane’s calligraphy is based upon the scripts of Europe from Antiquity up to the invention of printing…and even beyond that, because the graceful style called “Copperplate” dates to the 18th and 19th centuries. This latter is a hand that Jane uses very frequently, often to complement to more ancient styles. Among the hands that she enjoys you will find Uncial, Carolingian, and of course Gothic and its descendant French Bâtarde.

Jane also works in Italic and Humanist (sometimes called “littera antiqua”). Furthermore, she is specialised in all forms of Insular calligraphy, that is to say the majuscule and minuscule hands of medieval Ireland and Britain.

Complementary to these styles of calligraphy, Jane’s illuminations are inspired by medieval manuscripts; however, she works in quite a modern fashion, using fine quality gouache in place of hand-prepared pigments, for example. (That said, artist-quality gouache, such as Winsor & Newton, is actually the descendant of the pigments of the Middle Ages.) Nonetheless, one could say that Jane does indeed use the approach of a medieval scribe, as she does not “copy” the illuminations of other illuminators, but rather she creates her own original designs from her imagination and from the inspiration of the manuscripts she consults, just as the scribes of the past have always done.


The forms of illuminated decoration that Jane prefers above all are those from the Celtic tradition: the knotwork and interlace which were the jewel of Insular art in the early Middle Ages, as one finds in the magnificent Book of Kells or the Lindisfarne Gospels.


As with all artists, Jane loves to share her talents: calligraphy and celtic harp.

Here are some examples of work that can be ordered from Jane:

  • family trees
  • birthday or Christmas cards
  • table place-names
  • book or CD covers
  • ex-libris/book-plates
  • birth announcements
  • wedding invitations
  • hand-make books or booklets
  • logos
  • book-marks
  • menus
  • monograms
  • poems, songs or quotations in calligraphy
  • original designs for tattoos

To place an order, please contact Jane. She will then produce roughs to discuss with you before beginning to work on the final project. Prices vary according to the time and detail/complexity of the work. Here are some examples of possible commissions with a guideline for pricing.


Two or more letters in black and white (usually in Copperplate, Italic or Gothic). These can be used as a logo, ex libris, or letterhead. The finished designs are presented in A4 format, with several choices of style and variations of form.

Prix : 85 €

initiale-enlumineeIlluminated Initial

A single letter.The original artwork is in full colour (gouache on rigid watercolour paper), A5 in size, presented with a mount and executed in your choice of colours and style, with personnalised motifs as desired.

Prix : 175 €

deux-initiales-enlumineesTwo Initials

Two illuminated letters intertwined or joined by interlace. The perfect gift for a wedding or anniversary! The original artwork is presented in colour (gouache on watercolour paper), usually A5 in format but may also be up to A4 in size. Mounted.

Prix : 250 €

prenom-enlumineIlluminated Name

For a child or an adult, a beautiful presentation of their name decorated with fairy or fantasy art motifs, in medieval or celtique style, or even with a modern look! An excellent choice for a logo design for your business-name, a letterhead or as a special gift for a newborn…. Presented as detailed above.

Prix : 150 à 275€


Orders executed or hand-made paper:

add 50€ – 100€

Orders including real gold leaf (23 carat):

add 50€


Please don’t hesitate to contact Jane to discuss your ideas or ask for a quote.


Some examples of Jane’s work:

Xmas angel
Christmas Card

Veronica's Brood H is for Hirondellemedieval A


Illuminated Letters


Birthday Card/ Birth Announcement

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wedding invitation 01

Wedding Invitation

serment de hippocrate

Quotation or Text in Illuminated Calligraphy


Logo or Label



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