Lincoln Cathedral Nativity

I have wanted to paint this since I knew I was to be artist in residence at Lincoln Cathedral. It is, of course, the Christian nativity scene. The shapes of the three pieces were designed to echo the west front doors of the Cathedral and the illuminated borders were ins read more

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Lincoln Cathedral Stonemasons

Lincoln Cathedral is fortunate to have a team of skilled stonemasons. They are responsible for both replacing carvings damaged by the passage of time and creating new imagery which will be enjoyed by visitors in the future. The image on the right is thought by some to b read more

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A Book of Hours and a Medieval Herbal

It’s been a while since I posted new work here – not because there isn’t any new work but because there is so much work to be done that I haven’t got around to writing about it! I thought I would show you a couple of pieces which show the contras read more

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Noah’s Ark

Images of Noah’s ark are relatively common in medieval art, the story of the flood being familiar to Christians, Jews and Muslims alike. Lincoln Cathedral’s image of the ark is found in the stained glass at the east end of the building. The glass dates back to the early 13th century and shows Noah, the dove and an interesting vessel with a masonry structure and wooden hull. A similar image can be seen in a manuscript of the same...

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The Mary Garden, Lincoln Cathedral Cloisters

The Mary Garden, Lincoln Cathedral Cloisters

Tapestries, new and old – a starting point. A tapestry hangs above the door of Lincoln Cathedral’s treasury. I must have passed it a hundred times and never noticed it until it was pointed out to me by Joan Smith, one of the Cathedral’s invaluable volunteers.           The tapestry was apparently designed by Dean Mitchell and Miss Elizabeth Helen Comfort Crookshank and was presented to the Dean and...

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Lincoln Cathedral MS 174

Lincoln Cathedral MS 174

As promised, here’s the manuscript in which I found the illuminated ‘S’ from my last post. It is Lincoln Cathedral’s MS 174, a twelfth century gloss, or commentary, on the Psalms.             It is a large book, measuring 345 x 230mm (and weighing a fair amount!), with 353 parchment leaves.     The oak front board was replaced between the mid 15th and late 17th centuries. There...

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