A Book of Hours and a Medieval Herbal

It’s been a while since I posted new work here – not because there isn’t any new work but because there is so much work to be done that I haven’t got around to writing about it! I thought I would show you a couple of pieces which show the contras read more

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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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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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Lincoln Castle Revealed!

Lincoln Castle, originally built in the 11th century, has undergone a £22 million pound refit. Today the doors were re-opened for the first time.                 It was windy, but the sun shone and everybody seemed to be having a good time. A great day for the people of...

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