Ye Amateur

G r a p h o l o g i s t

A comparison between a sample of Bacon's handwriting and that of the writer of the Schoyen manuscript, using samples clipped from
  1. an image of a Sotheby's Catalogue page showing an anonymous playscript alongside part of a letter by Bacon, and
  2. the Schoyen manuscript.

Sorry for the non-technical language.

Row 1:
Schoyen
'G'

Schoyen ms.:line 7 ('George')

Schoyen ms.: line 17 ('George')

Row 2
Bacon
'G'

Bacon letter: line 4 ('Goddes')

Bacon letter: line 5 ('Graies')


I think the capital Gs in Row 1 are quite different from those in Row 2.

In Row 1 the Schoyen writer makes the letter G with the lower part fatter than the top.
In Row 2, Bacon reverses this proportion. He writes 'G' with the base narrower than the upper part. He also does not put two vertical dashes through the length of the letter, as the writer of Row 1 does. Instead, Bacon has a perfunctory curve at the upper right of his Gs. (I don't think this is idiosyncratic. I think he was taught a writing hand which made 'G' in a different style.)


Row 3 :
'm'
&
'y'

Sotheby's playscript ms. : lines 1 & 2
('man / may')

Bacon letter: lines 1 & 2
('my / may')


I think the letter 'm' in the sample on the left ('man/may') is different from the Bacon sample on the right ('my / may'). The writer of the first sample begins his 'm' with a sweeping upcurve from below the letter. Bacon begins the 'm' with a short stroke, but on a level with the top of the letter.
Also you can see here two examples of Bacon using a terminal 'y'. When this letter is at the end of a word he lets the tail drop away (Row 3, right). But the writer on Row 3, left, brings the tail of his terminal 'y' right back up to the line. (The Schoyen writer does this consistently too.)


Row 4:
Bacon

Bacon letter: line 1
('I')

Bacon letter: line 4
('I')

Bacon letter: line 5
('Inne')

Above : Three examples of how Bacon formed the capital letter 'I'

Row 5:
Schoyen

Schoyen ms: line 3
('I ame')

Schoyen ms: line 15
('I will')

Schoyen ms.: line 25
('I not')


Above : Three examples of how the Schoyen writer formed the capital letter 'I'

Pretty obviously, these are quite different methods of writing capital 'I'.

Bacon (Row 4) begins his with a short level stroke from left-to-right, moves down to make the body of the letter, moves left and then swings back round to finish with a pronounced open curve to the right. He then takes the pen off the page and adds the small crossbar.

The Schoyen writer starts his 'I' above the centre, makes a sweeping downwards 'c' shape, does the vertical body of the 'I', and then comes way back up to the left to cross the body completely and finish on the right. He doesn't lift his pen off the page to make any part of the letter.

Even though mine is an amateur opinion, and based only internet images of a small sample of Bacon's writing, I still think it's obvious these two hands can't belong to the same man.

Finis