Rare self-portrait of a medieval artist While a lot of medieval manuscripts with colourful drawings survive, we are usually not shown the artists who decorated the pages. This image is therefore exceptional, because it does. In fact, we see him.
Click for folios 21v/22r. http://trin-sites-pub.trin.cam.ac.uk/manuscripts/R_3_14/manuscript.php?fullpage=1&startingpage=78 Examples of black ink (slightly degraded), and also colored inks. Main interest for this project is the illustration bottom right of 22 recto: it depicts a copyist writing using his right hand holding a quill (no fluff!) and holding the page with a pen-knife in his left hand. It appears to be a singleton (1 bifolium) open on a writing stand attached to his chair.
MS Ir 6. Houghton Library, Harvard University. Ag so Duainaire Aodha mac Seain Ui Bhruin ó Glen Moluara http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.HOUGH:11113361?n=126 Anthology of Irish poetry Folio 59 verso, with a catchword at the bottom (the following page, 60 recto, has the same word at the beginning of the text). 59v also illustrates a yellow ink decorating the larger letters in the left-hand column. The black ink is still fairly intense despite the age of the manuscript.