Unfinished Miniature Illustrating Revelation 13:16-18, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'
This Apocalypse manuscript contains the Latin text of the biblical book of Revelation, written on versos, with a commentary in French on the facing rectos, each with a miniature. The manuscript takes its name from two added inscriptions: one states that it was given to the Benedictine abbey of St. Mary, Abingdon, by a bishop of Salisbury; the other records that it was lent by the abbot and convent of Abingdon in 1362 to Joan, wife of King David II of Scotland.
This unfinished miniature shows up a particular feature of the production process: up to this point the designs are drawn in black ink, while on the following several pages they are in brown ink. This miniature marks the transition: the left and upper middle part is done in black; the right and lower middle part in brown.