Geoffrey Luttrell and the Luttrell Psalter

Posted by on January 31, 2015 in Recent Work | 2 comments

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, ‘provide a virtual ‘documentary’ of work and play during a year on an estate such as Sir Geoffrey’s’.

So, by way of introduction, here is Sir Geoffrey with his wife Agnes Sutton and daughter Beatrice Le Scrope, all identified by their heraldic surcoats.

 

23 carat gold leaf, shell gold, shell palladium, egg tempera with natural pigments.

23 carat gold leaf, shell gold, shell palladium, egg tempera with natural pigments.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Toni – I saw some of the lovely prints you did of the Luttrel Psalter that you put up for sale at the Collection in Lincoln a couple of years ago. Could you tell me if you have any left, and show me which ones please?

    Kind Regards,

    Dan Roland

  2. Hi Dan – The Luttrell Psalter pieces I did were recreations of the images using 24 carat gold and , as far as was reasonable, the pigments that would have been used in the fourteenth century when the Psalter was made.

    I’ve only got a couple of these at the moment – I’ll email you with details. Thanks for getting in touch!

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