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Unfinished Miniature Illustrating Revelation 14:18, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Unfinished Miniature Illustrating Revelation 14:18, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.52v

Length: 33

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

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 image illustrates a single verse: Revelation 14:18. In the miniature only gold and blue have been applied to the ink-drawn design. Pages like this suggest that the penwork associated with the text was not done by the same person who did the miniature: the penwork includes red, but the miniature does not.

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