from Iluminations from The Book of Collects
Photo © Standing figure of Paul with scene of his conversion below.
1854Illuminated manuscript of the collects for the Sundays and Red-Letter Festivals of the church year according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Decorated in medieval manner, each collect is written in black ink decorated with red, with illustrated borders. Many of the borders contain biblical scenes and saints.
medium: ink on paper
technique: illuminated, calligraphy, paintingSt David's Cathedral Library, St Davids, PembrokeshireReproduced by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of St David's Cathedral.
The manuscript was given to the cathedral by Miss Dorothy Ellis. In a letter dated 20th December 1928, she noted that 'the book was made by my English Great Aunts who were Puseyites of the forties and fifties. I give it in memory of my late father'. Unfortunately Miss Ellis names neither the aunts nor her father. She left Pembrokeshire for Newmarket.
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- Christ ascends into heaven; apostles (and Mary) beneath [Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9-11]
- Christ, usually holding a banner, arises from the grave; often combined with sleeping and/or frightened soldiers
- crucified Christ with Mary, John, and Mary Magdalene [John 19:25-38; Luke 23:44-52; Mark 15:33-45; Matthew 27:45-58]
- lamb bearing cross or banner, 'Agnus Dei' - symbol of Christ
- Luke the evangelist
- Mark (Marcus) the evangelist, and bishop of Alexandria
- on the way to Damascus Christ appears to Saul, who falls from his horse and is blinded by the light - the conversion of Paul [Acts 9:3-7]
- the Annunciation: Mary, usually reading, is visited by the angel [Luke 1:26-38]
- the apostle and evangelist Matthew (Mattheus)
- the apostle and martyr Barnabas of Cyprus, first bishop of Milan
- the apostle and martyr Matthias; possible attributes: axe, book, cross, halberd, scroll, sword
- the apostle Bartholomew
- the apostle James the Great
- the apostle John the Evangelist
- the apostle Paul of Tarsus
- the apostle Peter, first bishop of Rome
- the apostle Philip; possible attributes: book, cross, dish with snake, lance, scroll, stone, sword
- the apostle Thomas
- the instruments of the Passion and the five wounded limbs
- the supper at Emmaus: Christ is recognized while blessing or breaking the bread [Luke 24:30-31]