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What is the Bell® font?

Monotype’s hot metal Bell series from 1931 was based on original types made by the punchcutter Richard Austin for the foundry of John Bell in the 1780s. The different sizes of Monotype’s series were not all based on the same model. As type historian James Mosley wrote on Typophile, “For 18 point and above (the metal type was cut in sizes up to 36 point) Monotype’s model was a larger type [than the model used for the text sizes], the ‘Great Primer’ cut by Austin. This has greater contrast in the capitals and a flat foot to letter a.” The digital Bell closely follows the design of the hot metal 18pt version, and is therefore somewhat lighter in color than the text sizes of Monotype’s original metal face.
James Mosley’s Typophile article can be found here.

Bell® Font families

The Bell® includes the following font families:

  • Bell Pro Regular
  • Bell Pro Italic
  • Bell Pro Semi Bold
  • Bell Pro Semi Bold Italic
  • Bell Pro Bold
  • Bell Pro Bold Italic
  • Bell Std Regular
  • Bell Std Italic
  • Bell Std Semi Bold
  • Bell Std Semi Bold Italic
  • Bell Std Bold
  • Bell Std Bold Italic

Bell® Preview

Here is a preview of how Bell® will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

Is Bell® Free to Download?

No. This is a premium font that you can download from Please don't waste your time looking for a free download of Bell® as you just won't find it.

It's highly unlikely that this font can be found for free on the web. If you do, then potentially you'll risk getting viruses on your computer. One thing to remember is that it's illegal to use this font if you didn't pay for it!

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