I see your point
I've seen a photo of his journal on line .. Was that you ??..
in order to analyse writing .. put out of your head altogether the meaning of the sentence .. It's irrelevant ..
what you are looking for is the shape of the individual strokes ..
it varies greatly between cultures and epochs .. you stated that is journal was hard to read . it was just the way they were taught to write back then .. combined with his bad hand..
I was taught to write in UK in the early sixties .. my kids can't read my writing style.. and I have a good hand .. massive change in taught style..
research "19th century Victorian graffiti, sign writing" ..
Art historians do it all the time to spot forgeries . it is accepted practice within the industry.. individual brush marks can be interesting things.
Anyway he tried to paint it sideways right handed to make it appear as though it was done before the block was laid .. notice the "slant" in the individual characters.
Also every amateur sign writer always runs out of space at the end of the script.. it's a standing joke.. check out hand painted " NO PARKING" signs on garage doors .. the last two or three characters squeezed into the last remaining space.. try it.. get a piece of A4 sideways and write NO PARKING in large letters ..
I bet you ten pints that you will run out of space . it always happens.. Ha Ha
Oh by the way, the secret is .. as known by artists and masons ..
don't tell anyone.. shhhh..
Write backwards from the end of the block..
Mr Vyse didn't know that trick did he..
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