Monthly Archives: April 2014

22 April – Things with Wings

Wings from the Medieval Galleries at the V&A and avifauna of Mottisfont.

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20 April – Medieval Galleries at the V&A

On Easter Sunday I went to see the Medieval Galleries at the V&A.  I wanted to familiarise myself with the visual sensibility of the period and to see the vessels Mottisfont Canons would have used for their religious ceremonies, particularly the … Continue reading

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14 April – Venerating the Mottisfont Oak

On a glorious, sunny afternoon I sit on the grass with the river at my back and sketch the magnificent Mottisfont Oak. It has lived for over nine centuries, possibly more.  It was alive when the Priory was built in … Continue reading

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10 April – The Hours

During the Medieval period the contemplative, monastic life was organised around a timetable of daily prayers known as The Hours. The Canons at Mottisfont were not a closed order but led active lives in the community. It is likely that, … Continue reading

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9 April – Medieval Draftsman’s Workshop Taking Shape

At the end of each day I return to the studio for a couple of hours drawing. I’m making letterforms using the illuminated letters from the Winchester Bible as a style guide.   The alphabet that is emerging will help me … Continue reading

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9 April – Ancient Trees

A tree walk with former NT forester and current volunteer John Surplice. A man who not only knows all of the trees on the estate but who planted many of them too including the impressive avenue of conifers along Benger’s … Continue reading

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8 April – Meeting the Original Priory

A hidden history tour with volunteer guide Lynn Wilmott who introduced me to the architecture of the original priory, much of which still exists underneath and within the walls of the existing house.  You get a very strong sense of … Continue reading

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