This sweet little European tuscan, shown by Eduard Hænel (Berlin) in 1847, first appeared in Great Britain over a decade later: Caslon and Miller & Richard, in 1860; Austin/J. Wood, in 1862 (smaller size with the shading on the opposite edge).¹
In the US, Boston TF showed it in 1860; Farmer, in 1867; Bruce, in 1869. The L. Johnson catalog of ≤1867² identifies it as Tuscan Shaded, the earliest known tradename.
Bauer attributes Hænel’s success to importing roman types from England and France,³ so the origin is most likely French.
¹Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, pages 202-203. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
²The date 1867 is deduced from the stereotyped(?) specimen published by MSJ in July 1869, which is imprinted L. Johnson & Company while other pages are marked MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan. According to Annenberg , “Lawrence Johnson died on April 26, 1860, but the firm continued to operate and distribute type catalogs with his name until 1867.”
³Bauer, Friedrich (Offenbach 1929); Reichardt, Hans (Frankfurt 2011): Chronik der Schriftgießereien in Deutschland und den deutschsprachigen Nachbarländern. Courtesy of the Klingspor Museum.
I came across this face when researching/writing an update of Nicolette Gray’s book, and it reminded me… Awhile back, Robert and/or Alan expressed interest in a revival. ‘Fraid I’ve lost track of the status. If you intend to undertake it, please negotiate by updating this topic!?