13th Century

All the sparkling details engraved on this Plate are taken from the British Museum, viz., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9, from a copy of the Gospels (Add. MSS17,341), and Figure 6 from a Latin Bible (Bibl. Reg. 1 D 1). In the former of these manuscripts, executed probably in France in the latter part of the century, we may trace an evident inclination to depart from the conventional type of foliage common during the earlier part of the century, and a recurrance to that more direct imitation of nature which has always characterized those schools of art in which the professors have attained any marked amount of graphic dexterity.

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