A presentation piece for HRH The Duke of Gloucester

A presentation piece for HRH The Duke of Gloucester

Last night Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition was formally opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester. As a token of the city’s appreciation Lord Cormack, chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust, presented him with one of my paintings based on the Luttrell Psalter. I am thrilled and honoured to have had my work chosen.     It was a wonderful evening. I was presented to the Duke, met some lovely people and drank a...

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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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Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition

Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition

From June 27th to September 27th 2015 Lincoln will be hosting a unique exhibition. Across five sites – the Wren and Medieval Libraries of the Cathedral, the David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault, the Collection and the Usher Gallery – visitors will be able to see wonderful art associated with the county. The Historic Lincoln Trust has worked closely with the great public and private collections, with work being leant from the Royal...

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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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