Trajan is a typeface designed by Carol Twombly for Adobe Systems in 1989. Its letters are based on a sample from an ancient inscription from the Trajan Column in Rome, which was completed around 113 AD.
During the late 19th Century, a plaster cast was taken of the entire column. A copy of this is on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. This offers an excellent opportunity to catch of glimpse of a piece of lettering that may be amoung the most influential in the world. Of course, it is just a copy. But it is easier to view in many respects than the original.
See the rest of my photos from the V&A’s Cast Courts on Flickr.
Read more about the Cast Courts at Wikipedia.
The Trajan fonts at Linotype.com.