Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 14969
(Bestiaire of Guillaume le Clerc)


Produced: England (London or Oxford), c.1265-70
Current Location: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Manuscript Type: Bestiary
Bestiary Family: French
Language: French
Folios: 72
Author: Guillaume le Clerc
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Sample page - Bibliothéque Nationale de France fr. 14969
Folio 3r


The illustrated Bestiaire of Guillaume le Clerc is on folios 1r-72v. This is the copy of the Bestiaire designated B by Reinsch.

Each beast is illustrated with a colored drawing; the animals sometimes escape from their frames into the margin. A common pattern is an allegorical or biblical illustration followed by a related beast illustration. Many of the illustrations have a rubric caption. The 37 illustrations are simple but lively and engaging, and usually show the animal's common attributes. They are mostly colored with a blue, green and brown wash.

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