Drawing Of A Stag's Head, In Matthew Paris's 'Deeds Of The Abbots Of St. Albans'
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
Matthew Paris (c. 1200-1259) became a monk of St. Albans in 1217, and in 1236 became the abbey chronicler, a task which allowed him to exercise and explore his talents as a scribe, and as an accomplished and inventive artist. Most of this manuscript is written in Matthew's own distinctive handwriting, as are the miniatures, except for some added in the 14th century.
Matthew is famous, among many other things, for his marginal drawings relating to the adjacent text. Here he has drawn a stag's head next to a passage concerning the king's forests.