Images from the Luttrell Psalter

Images from the Luttrell Psalter

Some months ago I was asked by Lord Cormack, chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust, to create a series of paintings based directly on images from the Luttrell Psalter. The British Library has loaned this magnificent fourteenth century manuscript to Lincoln for the summer so that it can be displayed as part of Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition. Here is my series in its entirety. All are painted in egg tempera with, as far as is possible,...

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The Annunciation

The Annunciation

This is a picture I’ve wanted to paint for years, since seeing Fra Angelico’s Annunciation at the Convent of San Marco in Florence. That is a fresco, and about two metres high – mine is just 17cm, and on paper. It’s done in the style of Annunciations in fifteenth century British manuscripts, made with 24 carat gold leaf and, where possible, the pigments that would have been used at that time.        ...

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The Dreamer

The Dreamer

Here’s my latest illuminated page, a contemporary one this time. This lady was a life-drawing model at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam when we were lucky enough to visit last year. I thought at the time that she would make the perfect subject for a painting – it’s just taken me a long time to complete the work! So, here she is, full size. I hope you like her.    

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Wavy Stars in Medieval Art

Wavy Stars in Medieval Art

The Luttrell Psalter is full of imaginative marginalia. Nevertheless, the simple image below remains one of my favourites and is one which I really enjoyed painting. I’m not at all sure about the purpose of the ‘golf clubs’ the shepherds are holding, or why the man in blue is wearing such impressive gloves, but I do love the message, the facial expressions and, of course, the wavy star.   ‘And there were shepherds...

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Geoffrey Luttrell and the Luttrell Psalter

Geoffrey Luttrell and the Luttrell Psalter

Here’s a piece I’m working on at the moment, inspired by that wonderful Lincolnshire manuscript, the Luttrell Psalter. The psalter, or book of Psalms, was commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell in the fourteenth century. This manuscript was not the first to include scenes of contemporary rustic life, but such an exceptional number of detailed images is unusual. Many of the images are humorous, and, according the British Library,...

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How to gild an illuminated letter using gesso – a workshop

How to gild an illuminated letter using gesso – a workshop

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to gild and paint illuminated letters and medieval miniatures, deal with real gold leaf, make and use manuscript gesso (allowing you to have raised, burnished super-shiny areas of gold in your designs – you can see my reflection in the illuminated ‘K’ to the left) then this course is for you. I’m running a 2-day course in February – Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February 2015 – at my...

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