Sidney Sussex College, MS 100
(De avibus of Hugh of Fouilloy / Bestiary)


Produced: France (Paris), ca. 1250
Location: Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England, UK
Type: Bestiary
Family: First; H
Language: Latin
Folios: 43
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Script: Littera textualis
Dimensions: Height: 29 cm Width: 21 cm
Folio 27v


The De avibus of Hugh of Fouilloy on folios 1r-26r; some text is missing. Clark aviary group: Paris. Three introductory diagrams featuring the hawk and the dove; 20 full color bird illustrations with frames and blue or red colored backgrounds. The birds are mostly shown standing, not displaying any of their usual characteristics. Some birds are drawn realistically, others are generic birds. There are some missing images (cock, jay, phoenix).

The bestiary is on folios 26r-43r; some text is missing. 18 full color illustrations, framed with colored backgrounds. The illustrations generally show the usual characteristics of the animal. There are some images missing (lion, panther, lizard, caladrius).

The same artist appears to have done both the aviary and the bestiary.

Additional Descriptions

Additional description (Digitized page images, James, page 115-122)

Editions and Facsimiles

Digital facsimiles

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database (Avibus: illustrations only
Bestiary: full pages)