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Historiated Initial To Tobit, In 'The Ashridge Petrus Comestor'

Historiated Initial To Tobit, In 'The Ashridge Petrus Comestor'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1290

Shelfmark: Royal MS 3 D.vi

Item number: f.182v

Length: 40

Width: 26.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Ashridge College, a few miles north of Berkhamstead in Hertfordshire, was founded in 1283 and dedicated in 1286 by Edmund, Earl of Cornwall, who was born at Berkhamstead, and who died at Ashridge in 1300. His arms are in the margin of the first page of the Gospels, and it is therefore likely that the book was commissioned by him for his foundation. The subject of the historiated initial 'F' at the start of Tobit is uncertain: it probably depicts Tobit and his wife Anna and one of their captors, outside the city of Ninevah (Tobias 1:9, 11). The partially erased instructions to the illuminator in the margin to the left includes the Latin words for 'city' and 'wife'.

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