This drop cap A letter image reminds me of a wrought iron sign that might hang outside of a shop. A white A is drawn on a black square and ‘hung’ on some light-weight scrolls that remind me of iron work. It could make an interesting stair-step-like look with text if you use it tightly to the text.
There were so many wonderful illustrations in Hill’s Album of Biography and Art. The 1882 work by Thomas E. Hill has provided more vintage illustrations for Reusable Art than probably any other resource I’ve found.
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