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The Egerton Genesis

Attributed to be of English origin, produced ca. 1350–75
London, British Library, Egerton 1894

This curious Bible picturebook has puzzled manuscript scholars for many years. Its illumination is unfinished: it contains one hundred and fifty Genesis miniatures and drawings for miniatures at various points of completion along its twenty folios. The style of the miniatures has been variously ascribed to French, Italian, and English influence.


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Thumbnail image from the Egerton Genesis

Open at folios 3v–4r; depicting on the left four scenes of the Flood: in the upper register Noah releasing the raven and Noah releasing the dove; in the lower register the dove plucks an olive branch and returns to the Ark. On the right we see the animals and Noah’s family debarking from the Ark on verdant land, and the rainbow in the sky.


Thumbnail image from the Egerton GenesisDetail of fol. 4r, depicting Noah's Ark. God's hand can be seen in the upper left corner, offering his blessing. Note the dragon, which is leaving the Ark.

 

Thumbnail image from the Egerton GenesisImage of fol. 11r (10r), including three unfinished scenes of Abraham and Lot in the city of Sodom.

 

Thumbnail image from the Egerton GenesisImage of fol. 9v, depicting four scenes from the Book of Genesis.
Clockwise from top left: Sara "mistreats" Hagar (by beating her with a spindle); Hagar is consoled by an angel; Abraham and the men of his household are circumcised; and God appears to Abraham in a vision.

 

Thumbnail image from the Egerton GenesisImage of fol. 2v, depicting four unfinished scenes of the world before the Flood. At lower right is a picture of the Ark being built.

 

Thumbnail image from the Egerton GenesisImage of fol. 10v (11v), depicting four unfinished scenes from the Book of Genesis.

 

Facsimile: Mary Coker Joslin and Carolyn Coker Joslin Watson, The Egerton Genesis (London: The British Library, 2001)

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