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Portrait Of Matthew Paris, In Thomas Walsingham, Catalogue Of the Benefactors Of St. Albans Abbey

Portrait Of Matthew Paris, In Thomas Walsingham, Catalogue Of the Benefactors Of St. Albans Abbey

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1380

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Nero D VII

Item number: f.50v

Length: 35.9

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript was originally compiled in 1380 by Thomas Walsingham, the precentor of the Benedictine abbey of St. Albans, as a record of those who had made gifts to the abbey. Matthew Paris is one of the very first English artists whose name we know and whose work survives: several of the manuscripts he wrote and illuminated are in the British Library. He was also the abbey historian: the last line on this page describes him as an 'incomparable chronicler'.

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