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Title Dream of the rood
Collection Crafts Study Centre
Calligrapher Leslie Benenson
Description Double opening on vellum, with soft vellum binding, raised and burnished gold, powder gold and watercolour.
Id Number Current Accession C.77.13
Subject calligraphy, double opening, literature
Measurements 48 x 27.5 centimetres
Material gold leaf on vellum
Other Materials powder gold, watercolour
History Commissioned by the Society of Scribes and Illuminators to be presented to Heather Child on her retirement as Chairman. She had suggested a piece of Leslie Benenson's calligraphy and suggested some of the Anglo-Saxon riddles or The Dream as subject matter.

The passage from the text in the original Old English in Futhorc (runes) incorporated in the illumination is from the variant text in the Ruthwell Cross.

'Stylistically, The Dream is a development of a type of brush-drawn decoration combined with 6th century uncial forms which I used in an illuminated vellum book of Britten's War Requiem, completed for my submission of work for Craft membership of the SSI in 1964. This book was exhibited at the National Book League in 1968 and sold to Mr. Theodore Smithey in the United States.

Curiously, it is the only piece of work which I have ever done in which the raised gilding went on perfectly, with no difficulty whatsoever. I gilded during a frost and east wind - exactly the conditions which should have led to disaster.' Leslie Benenson.
Relation Exhibition Cheltenham Museum and Art gallery, 1977/78
Rights Owner Managed by the Crafts Study Centre.
Style Period Period 1960s
Technique hand-lettering
 

 

 

 

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