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Added Drawing Of St. John The Baptist, In John Dumbleton's Summary Of Logic And Natural Philosophy

Added Drawing Of St. John The Baptist, In John Dumbleton's Summary Of Logic And Natural Philosophy

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1360

Shelfmark: Royal MS 10 B.xiv

Item number: f.3v

Length: 27.9

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

John of Dumbleton (in Gloucestershire, between Cheltenham and Evesham), who died in 1349, spent most of his life in Oxford, and was a member of a group of mathematicians who studied kinematics, and were the first to develop the 'Mean Speed Theorem' in 1334. He is most famous for having written the present work. On a previously blank flyleaf, is this unusual added image of John the Baptist. He wears his camel-skin cloak (still with its hooves and head), and stands on Herodias (who was responsible for his death) within a part-vegetal, part architectural niche, which includes semi-naturalistic birds and animals, and a hedgehog as depicted in the Bestiary.

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