De Brailes Bible

This Bible was probably written at Oxford about 1240. It has also been known as the Richard Smartford Bible after its owner in the early 17th century. It is called the de Brailes Bible after its illustrator, William de Brailes, who worked at Oxford between 1230 and 1260. The manuscript of the de Brailes Bible is written on vellum and contains this illuminated initial at the beginning of the book of Genesis. De Brailes is one of the few English artists who signed his work, although not in this case. His style is lively and dramatic and there is no question that this is his work

  • Material/Medium: vellum
  • Date: 1240(circa)
  • Creator: William de Brailes
  • Accession number: Archive462
  • Category: Archives
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