Unfinished Drawing Of St. John The Evangelist, 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 page shows the very earliest stage of production of a page: a double-ruling has been drawn to mark out the area for a miniature, and a pencil sketch has been drawn. No colour or ink has been used.