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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Day One – Artist in Residence

Day One – Artist in Residence

The summer has flown by and suddenly September 1st has arrived – my first day as Lincoln Cathedral’s Artist in Residence. Lots of people have asked me what an Artist in Residence is – or does. The term is actually a misnomer as I don’t need to be ‘resident’ at all. I live about thirteen miles away from Lincoln, so it’s an easy commute as long as I can avoid rush hour. There are no restrictions as to...

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Artist in Residence, Lincoln Cathedral.

Artist in Residence, Lincoln Cathedral.

I am absolutely over the moon. I have been offered the post of Artist in Residence at Lincoln Cathedral for 2015 / 2016. Obviously, there is some competition for a fantastic opportunity like this, so I have been keeping my fingers crossed and waiting for the post to arrive with news about my application for weeks! During the term of residence my aim is to produce a series of illuminated work inspired by the Cathedral’s own illuminated...

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