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Unfinished Miniature And Unfinished Textual Ornament, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Unfinished Miniature And Unfinished Textual Ornament, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.74r

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.

The text below this miniature shows the earliest stage of its decoration: other pages have gold and blue initials, and the margins have red and blue penwork ornamenting gold spurs. Here only the gold has been executed, showing that this was the first stage to be completed.

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