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Pen-Flourished Initials, In A Volume Of Works By Ambrose, Jerome, And Others

Pen-Flourished Initials, In A Volume Of Works By Ambrose, Jerome, And Others

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1458

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3049

Item number: f.63v

Length: 38.8

Width: 25.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The writing of this manuscript was apparently completed in 1458; at the start of the volume is an inscription recording that William Ebchester, Prior of Durham Cathedral, had it made. The 'minor' initials in this volume are unusually effusive in their ornament: plain blue initials have exceptionally large amounts of red penwork flourishing extending most of the height of the page. This colour-combination is typical of English manuscripts: on the Continent one would usually find blue initials alternating with red ones, each with penwork flourishing in the opposite colour.

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