Manuscript: Additional MS 42130
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British Library, Additional MS 42130
(The Lutterell Psalter)
 

Produced: England (Lincoln), c. 1325-35

Language: Latin

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Binding: 17th century, brown calf decorated with red paint and elaborately stamped and tooled in gold, silver
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Folios: 309  Height: 35.5 cm   Width: 24.5 cm

Manuscript type: Psalter

Location: British Library, London, England, United Kingdom

Family: n/a

 



Source: Janet Backhouse, 1997 (Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library) | Copyright Copyright 2004 British Library / Used by permission | Folio 207v


 
Description

"...this psalter was made for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell of Irnham in Lincolnshire (died 1345). Its illumination, though less polished than that of some of the slightly earlier manuscripts the period, is of unsurpassed vitality and marks the last stage of the East Anglian style. No directly comparable work is known." - The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (Toronto, 1997) Backhouse, 1997 page 113

"The subjects of the marginal paintings on ff. I3-Io8, I45-214 (gatherings ii-ix, xiii-xviii) may be classified as follows:

(b) Animals and mythological beings, including:-

1. Unicorn, f. 15. 2. Fox with goose, f. 31. 3. Hawk, hooded and belied, f. 33 b. 4. Dragon-fly, f. 36b. 5. Robin, parrot, crow(?) and jay, f. 51. 6. Bell-wether, f. 59. 7. Kingfisher, f. 61. 8. Woodhouse, f. 70. 9. Mermaid, f. 70b.

10. Goldfinch, f. 73. 11. Goat, f. 76. 12. Tiger with mirror (a scene from the Bestiary), f. 84b. 13. Pheasant, f. 84b. 14. Snail, f. 159. 15. Bull, f. 159b. 16. Snail, f. 160. 17. Griffin, f. 160b. 18. Bat, f. 164. 19. Centaur with bow and arrow, f. 164. 20. Ram with four homs, f. 169. 21. Reptiles on a mound, f. 185. 22. Centaur, armed as a knight, attacking a boar, f. 187. 23. Monkey with cloak, seated, f. 189b. 24. Cat and mouse, f. 190. 25. Bee-hive, f. 204." - British Library


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Editions and Facsimiles


Printed facsimiles: The Luttrell Psalter: A Facsimile (London, 2006) Brown, 2006

 

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