Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 22/52)

[picture: 237.---Saxon Emblems of the Month of April.]
[picture: 238.---Ploughing, Sowing, Mowing, Gleaning, Measuring Corn, and Harvest-Supper.]

238.—Ploughing, Sowing, Mowing, Gleaning, Measuring Corn, and Harvest-Supper.

The sower follows immediately behind the ploughman. Fig. 238, which is a literal copy from another manuscript, presents, at once, the operations of ploughing, sowing, mowing, [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 239.---Convivial Party. Harleian MS. No. 603.]

239.—Convivial Party. Harleian MS. No. 603.

Harleian MS. 603 is an Anglo-Saxon illuminated psalter from the middle of the 10th century. The party looks more like outright debauchery than just convivial to me! [more...] [$]

[picture: 240.---Chairs.  From Harleian MS. No. 603.]

240.—Chairs. From Harleian MS. No. 603.

Harleian MS. 603 is an Anglo-Saxon illuminated psalter from the middle of the 10th century. This is the same manuscript as Fig. 239. The three chairs illustrated here do not look very comfortable, but they all lack perspective and the central one, with a minstrel leaning against it with his harp, appears to [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 241.---Silver Penny of Eadgar, King of England]

241.—Silver Penny of Eadgar, King of England

King Eadgar, or Edgar the Peaceful, ruled from A.D. 959 to 975, so this coin would be a little over a thousand years old. [$]

[picture: 245.---Saxon Emblems of the Month of May.]

245.—Saxon Emblems of the Month of May.

This illustration of the month of May is taken from an Anglo-Saxon manuscript in the British Museum, Cotton Tiberius B 5. It shows people wearing simple clothing, with cloaks and shoes. At left a falconer wearing a long flowing robe sits on a horse; this would be someone of a higher or nobler class. Then in the centre we have two shepherds, one holding [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 245 [detail].---Hand-drawn Victorian/rococo frame]

245 [detail].—Hand-drawn Victorian/rococo frame

This bizarre hand-drawn picture frame had three parts. It was part of a wood engraving that attempted (badly) to reproduce a mediaeval depiction of the month of May; see Fig. 245. [more...] [$]

[picture: 245 [detail].---Rectangular ornate sketched frame or border]

245 [detail].—Rectangular ornate sketched frame or border

This frame, border, or cartouche, is take from the central part of Fig. 245 (Saxon Emblems of the Month of May); it is a sketchy rectangular outline with large leaves [...] [more...] [$]


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