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Beatus Page, In The 'Princess Joan Psalter'

Beatus Page, In The 'Princess Joan Psalter'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1405

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 B.viii

Item number: f.16r

Length: 27.5

Width: 18.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The computistical materials at the beginning of this manuscript were drawn up in 1380 at the request of the mother of Richard II, Lady Joan Holland. It used to be thought that this was the original presentation copy made for Joan, hence the name the 'Princess Joan Psalter'. Two of its historiated initials are by Joannes, one of the leading artists of early 15th-century London. The historiated initial 'B' contains a typical representation of King David as composer of the Psalms, enthroned and harping. This initial has been attributed to an important artist who signed his name, 'Johannes' (John), in another manuscript.

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