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Offline NikkiB

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Victorian Illuminated Prayer Book
« on: June 02, 2015, 05:24:12 PM »
Thought you might enjoy this recent find from the Antiques Roadshow

I recorded it off the TV so apologies for the less than perfect picture quality, stunning work though!

http://youtu.be/5Jqs1-pmNUo
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Re: Victorian Illuminated Prayer Book
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2015, 08:28:20 PM »
Yay for the spinsters!  More time for calligraphy (and illumination)!  I think I will start the Spinster Calligraphers Guild.
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Re: Victorian Illuminated Prayer Book
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2015, 11:26:57 PM »
What a treasure! I wonder if there are any modern reprints of these illuminated books
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Re: Victorian Illuminated Prayer Book
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2015, 12:14:50 AM »
Oh wow, what a find!

And I want to join the spinsters club too ...

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Re: Victorian Illuminated Prayer Book
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2015, 12:39:19 PM »
WOW!!! Thanks for sharing, Nikki! That's so cool!
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Re: Victorian Illuminated Prayer Book
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2015, 08:16:53 AM »
I don't normally watch the antiques roadshow but I happened to catch that episode - The illumination was absolutely stunning! I want one!
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Re: Victorian Illuminated Prayer Book
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2015, 09:31:09 AM »
The surrounding borders are attractive and colourful, but.....the calligraphy is poor. It has been maintained that the revivalist calligraphy of the Victorians was produced  by writing the letters with a pointed nib and then filling in the heavier strokes, in an attempt to simulate the broad-pen writing of the 15th century scribes. The results were usually rather poor, as here.

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