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Manuscript - Copy from an Anglo-Saxon Gospel Book made in Christ Church, Canterbury, ca. 1020
  • Copy from an Anglo-Saxon Gospel Book made in Christ Church, Canterbury, ca. 1020
    Shaw, Henry, born 1800 - died 1873
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Copy from an Anglo-Saxon Gospel Book made in Christ Church, Canterbury, ca. 1020

  • Object:

    Manuscript

  • Place of origin:

    London (illuminated)

  • Date:

    ca. 1866-1868 (illuminated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shaw, Henry, born 1800 - died 1873 (illuminator)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water-based pigments, gilding and ink on parchment

  • Museum number:

    5869

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 31, box E

Henry Shaw was a prolific recorder of medieval artefacts. He was mainly interested in manuscripts (hand-written books). In 1864 he was asked to evaluate the V&A's collection of 'Illuminations'. He criticised the collection because he thought that German and Italian illumination of the later medieval period was over-represented. He suggested that the Museum should commission him to make copies rather than collect expensive originals. It could choose from a list of famous manuscripts that he would supply.

In 1866 the V&A spent nearly £100 acquiring facsimile copies of well-known manuscripts. They added a new dimension to the V&A collection because they provided examples of Anglo-Saxon illumination. This is a copy from an Anglo-Saxon Gospel Book.

Physical description

Specimen of a manuscript

Place of Origin

London (illuminated)

Date

ca. 1866-1868 (illuminated)

Artist/maker

Shaw, Henry, born 1800 - died 1873 (illuminator)

Materials and Techniques

Water-based pigments, gilding and ink on parchment

Dimensions

Height: 21.7 cm, Width: 18.4 cm

Descriptive line

Copy by Henry Shaw from an Anglo-Saxon Gospel Book of ca 1020 made in Christ Church Canterbury; England (London); ca 1866-1868

Techniques

Illumination

Subjects depicted

Ornament

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Manuscripts

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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