Handwriting and Visual Impairment: A Forensic Analysis of J. S. Bach's Signatures

Heidi Harralson, Clare Kaufman, Martin Jarvis

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the historical signatures of 18th century composer, J. S. Bach, to evaluate the effects of vision impairment on handwritten signatures. It is questioned whether Bach penned certain signatures as it is historically documented that he was virtually blind in the years just prior to his death in 1750. Applying information collected from published forensic studies about the effects of vision impairment on handwriting, handwriting indices of vision impairment are compared to Bach's signatures in the late 1740s.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDrawing, Handwriting Processing Analysis
    Subtitle of host publicationNew Advances and Challenges
    EditorsCéline Rémi, Lionel Prévost, Eric Anquetil
    Place of PublicationGuadeloupe
    PublisherUniversite des Antilles et de la Guyane
    Pages99-102
    Number of pages4
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)979-10-95177-01-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventInternational Graphonomics Society Conference (IGC 2015 17th) - Pointe-à-Pitre & Saint-Claude, Guadeloupe, Pointe-à-Pitre & Saint-Claude, Guadeloupe
    Duration: 21 Jun 201525 Jun 2015
    Conference number: 2015 (17th)

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Graphonomics Society Conference (IGC 2015 17th)
    Abbreviated titleIGC
    CountryGuadeloupe
    CityPointe-à-Pitre & Saint-Claude
    Period21/06/1525/06/15

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    Harralson, H., Kaufman, C., & Jarvis, M. (2015). Handwriting and Visual Impairment: A Forensic Analysis of J. S. Bach's Signatures. In C. Rémi, L. Prévost, & E. Anquetil (Eds.), Drawing, Handwriting Processing Analysis: New Advances and Challenges (Vol. 1, pp. 99-102). Guadeloupe: Universite des Antilles et de la Guyane.