Tickhill Psalter

Tickhill Psalter, New York Public Library, Spencer Collection Ms. 26

Large initial Q of Psalm 51, showing scenes from 2 Samuel 1. Scrolls are missing their text. Illuminated titles, initials, line fillers, rubric, miniatures at bottom of page (with text in scrolls).
Tickhill Psalter, created ca. 1310
New York Public Library, Spencer Collection Ms. 26

Tickhill Psalter, New York Public Library, Spencer Collection Ms. 26

Folio 7v detail, marginal decoration showing Saul troubled by evil spirit
Tickhill Psalter, created ca. 1310
New York Public Library, Spencer Collection Ms. 26

Tickhill Psalter, New York Public Library, Spencer Collection Ms. 26

Folio 6v: Tree of Jesse. Left margin: Lion attack's David's sheep and ram. Right margin: David slays lion and bear.
Folio 7r: Psalm 1. Initial "B" with Samuel sent to Jesse to call his sons to sacrifice. Left margin: Jesse and seven sons before Samuel. Right margin: anointing of David.
Tickhill Psalter, created ca. 1310
New York Public Library, Spencer Collection Ms. 26

Spring 2017

Associate Professor Anne Stanton visited the New York Public Library recently where she examined the Tickhill Psalter, a lavish early 14th-century manuscript that is part of her current research project.

 

The Tickhill Psalter "...is named for John Tickhill, Prior of the Augustinian Canon Priory of Worksop in Nottinghamshire, who, according to a 15th-century inscription, "wrote and also gilded this book with his own hands." Tickhill was elected prior in 1303 and dismissed for fiscal malfeasance in 1314, and it is possible that the costs of this manuscript contributed to his financial troubles. One of the most lavishly illuminated of all 14th-century English manuscripts, the Psalter is in fact unfinished, a probable result of the loss of funding to continue the work. Both the textual and the pictorial contents of the Tickhill Psalter are extraordinary. The figural decorations, consisting of large historiated initials and bas-de-page (bottom of the page) scenes, form a continuous series of narrative illustrations drawn from the Old Testament. The series opens with a full-page Tree of Jesse tracing the descent of Christ from the Old Testament King David, and his father, Jesse, a common introductory illustration in Psalters of the 13th and 14th centuries. The artists who contributed to this volume may have worked in the important cathedral city of York." (source: NYPL)