The Art of Illuminating As Practised in Europe from the Earliest Times (page 1/13)

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[picture: book cover]

Images scanned from The Art of Illuminating As Practised in Europe from the Earliest Times by W. R. Tymms, with an Essay and Instructions by M. D. Wyatt, Architect. London. Published April 2nd 1860 by Day and Son, Lithographers to the Queen.

There are 100 full colour plates in the book done in chromolithography, as well as a chromolithographed title page. I have only scanned a few because my scanner damages the binding. The text is by Matthew Digby Wyatt and the images appear to have been made by W. R. Tymms (and not Symms, as this page used to say).

Title: The Art of Illuminating As Practised in Europe from the Earliest Times

Author: Tymms, W. R.

Date: 1860

Total items: 132

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Blue Floret]

Blue Floret

A sample ornament made by taking a swirl from the Letter R on plate 74, and then rotating it. There is another example here. [more...] [$]

[picture: Lower row of lower-case (miniscule) blackletter from XIV. Century  No. 1.]

Lower row of lower-case (miniscule) blackletter from XIV. Century No. 1.

The small (miniscule) letters from p to z; strictly speaking these are not to be called “lower case” since they are for writing and not printing, but it is a distinction no longer widely followed. [more...] [$]

[picture: Vintage Medieval Daisy Sketch]

Vintage Medieval Daisy Sketch

These two daisies with gold-leaf middles and squiggly reddish-brown stems were decorations on an illuminated capital D from a choirbook from the 1300s. [more...] [$]


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Images scanned from The Art of Illuminating As Practised in Europe from the Earliest Times by W. R. Tymms, with an Essay and Instructions by M. D. Wyatt, Architect. London. Published April 2nd 1860 by Day and Son, Lithographers to the Queen.

There are 100 full colour plates in the book done in chromolithography, as well as a chromolithographed title page. I have only scanned a few because my scanner damages the binding. The text is by Matthew Digby Wyatt and the images appear to have been made by W. R. Tymms (and not Symms, as this page used to say).


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