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Historiated Initial To Psalm 68, In The 'Princess Joan Psalter'

Historiated Initial To Psalm 68, In The 'Princess Joan Psalter'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1405

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 B.viii

Item number: f.64r

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. Psalm 68 begins 'Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul', and it was common in England to illustrate this with a picture of David in water, appealing for help to God above.

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