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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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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Mid-week Manuscript – an inhabited Q

Mid-week Manuscript – an inhabited Q

There are a wealth of wonderful medieval manuscripts, and, thankfully, increasing digital access to them. I’ll find one that especially attracts me from time to time and post it here. Sometimes they’ll be funny, sometimes thought provoking, sometimes just beautiful. I hope you enjoy the series. Here is my first. This ‘inhabited Q’ was created in Italy in 1153, using tempera colours, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on...

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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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Spring manuscript illumination workshops

Spring manuscript illumination workshops

I thought I’d just give you a quick update on my latest manuscript workshops. The manuscript illumination ‘taster session’ at the Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle, on March 7th is now fully booked. However, I’m running the same workshop at Longthorpe Tower in Peterborough on March 28th.  The tower is a surviving part of a 14th-century fortified manor house, and contains the finest set of medieval wall paintings in...

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