Inspired by Roman inscriptions mentioning the emperor Hadrian, Frederic Goudy designed Hadriano in 1918. (Sol Hess applied tooling to the face in 1932 for Lanston Monotype to create Hadriano Stone-Cut.) FWG was fond of the letter Q and this is one of the faces for which he provided an alternate capital for that character. There is also a font ornament—it’s a beautiful design, but seems rather odd in that while the type face is of a chiseled or engraved nature, the ornament is clearly calligraphic.
As with our casting of the Stone-Cut version, we have manually mortised the long-tailed standard Q and U to provide a perfect fit.