Released in 2000 by Berthold, Whittingham is a new Berthold Exklusiv typeface designed by Günter Gerhard Lange, renowned master craftsman and exclusive artistic consultant to Berthold, and his colleague Dieter Hofrichter, also a Berthold Exklusiv designer (Vergil).
Whittingham is a rendition of the type used around 1840 by Charles Whittingham, founder of the Chiswick Press in Birmingham, England. The Chiswick Press was one of the most successful commercial printing houses of the 19th Century. Berthold’s Whittingham retains characteristics of the Modern typefaces, like Bodoni and Walbaum, from the 18th Century, yet introduces a steel engravers’ appearance – especially in Whittingham’s italic weights – similar to the other examples of 19th Century Scotch types (e.g. Pica Roman No. 2, Scotch Roman, Caledonia).
Günter Gerhard Lange and Hofrichter began developing Whittingham in 1992, and completed the family in 2000. They chose this typeface particularly for its distinguishing characteristics from other revivals of the same period. As with each Berthold Exklusiv, Whittingham was subject to multiple trial settings, submissions of enlargements and reductions, and numerous revisions. Günter Gerhard Lange and Hofrichter’s minute examination of every graphic nuance results in a finely tuned, new serif face.