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April: landscape with, in the foreground, people on horseback hunting down a stag.  c.1580  Woodcut

It's About Time: April Anonymous woodcut of 1568 Étienne Delaune (French artist, Labours of the Months - April

Illustration from a Scottish newspaper during the Witch Hunt era. from Witch Hunts in Scotland: Scottish Witch Isobel Gowdie and King James' Role in Witch Trials by Carolyn Emerick. Click the picture to read :-) www.carolynemerick.com

Witch Hunts in Scotland: Scottish Witch Isobel Gowdie and King James' Role in Witch Trials

The North Berwick witch trials were the trials in 1590 of a number of people from East Lothian, Scotland, accused of witchcraft in the St Andrew's Auld Kirk in North Berwick. They ran for two years and implicated seventy people.

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Object typeprintbook-illustration term details Museum number1927,0614.63 Title (series)The Twelve Months DescriptionJuly; loosely copied after Sebald Beham; peasants making hay in a field; at upper centre a lion representing Leo; illustration to Michael Beuther, 'Calendarium Historicum', Frankfurt: David Zephelius, 1557. 1557 Woodcut Producer nameAfter: Sebald Beham biographyPrinted by: David Zephelius biography School/styleGerman term details Date1557

loosely copied after Sebald Beham; peasants making hay in a field; at upper centre a lion representing Leo; illustration to Michael Beuther, 'Calendarium Historicum', Frankfurt: David Zephelius, 1557 Woodcut

36v A stylised plant with leaves like sage and unusual composite flowers. This is the only drawing dated Juli 1604, fitting between the main part of the book done in the 1590s and the page fillers of 1622.

A stylised plant with leaves like sage and unusual composite flowers. This is the only drawing dated Juli fitting between the main part of the book done in the and the page fillers of

A couple seated at a desk at left; two of their children playing cards on the floor at right, a girl drinking and a boy holding a sword; illustration to a Latin edition of Sebastian Brant's 'Ship of Fools', probably that printed by Petri in Basel in 1572. c.1568-72 Woodcut

A couple seated at a desk at left; two of their children playing cards on the floor at right, a girl drinking and a boy holding a sword; illustration to a Latin edition of Sebastian Brant's 'Ship of Fools', probably that printed by Petri in Basel in 1572. c.1568-72 Woodcut

Labours of the months October

1568 Anonymous woodcut Étienne Delaune (French artist, Labours of the Months The Month of October

May; loosely copied after Sebald Beham; with a company enjoying a feast in an alcove; a male figure at r pouring wine; at upper centre two children representing Gemini; illustration to Michael Beuther, 'Calendarium Historicum', Frankfurt: David Zephelius,

loosely copied after Sebald Beham; with a company enjoying a feast in an alcove; a male figure at r pouring wine; at upper centre two children representing Gemini; illustration to Michael Beuther, 'Calendarium Historicum', Frankfurt: David Zephelius,

August; loosely copied after Sebald Beham; peasants taking a lunch break from harvesting grain; at upper centre a young woman representing Virgo; illustration to Michael Beuther, 'Calendarium Historicum', Frankfurt: David Zephelius, 1557.  1557 Woodcut

loosely copied after Sebald Beham; peasants taking a lunch break from harvesting grain; at upper centre a young woman representing Virgo; illustration to Michael Beuther, 'Calendarium Historicum', Frankfurt: David Zephelius, 1557 Woodcut

Anthony Munday: Banquet of daintie conceites, 1588 Castel of vaine exercises

Anthony Munday: Banquet of daintie conceites, 1588 Castel of vaine exercises

Fella’s verse for April (49v) bears more relation to the livestock and people in the background than to the main hunting scene. He has simplified the layout, removing two horses and the side-saddle huntress, but retaining the enclosed deer park and strange rocky outcrop at the centre (the last a feature not likely to be found in a Suffolk landscape.

Fella’s verse for April (49v) bears more relation to the livestock and people in the background than to the main hunting scene. He has simplified the layout, removing two horses and the side-saddle huntress, but retaining the enclosed deer park and strange rocky outcrop at the centre (the last a feature not likely to be found in a Suffolk landscape.

17th Century woodcut of a domestic scene

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November (54r),  The layout and shapes of trees, foreground hogs, acorns and man throwing a stick are all very similar to the woodcuts, but Fella also made some interesting changes. The sleeping girl in the right foreground of the woodcut has been replaced by a man tying a faggot (copied from the March woodcut). Further back, two bearded gentlemen (possibly copied from Foxe’s Actes & Monuments) are looking at a pair of insects in the tree.

November (54r), The layout and shapes of trees, foreground hogs, acorns and man throwing a stick are all very similar to the woodcuts, but Fella also made some interesting changes. The sleeping girl in the right foreground of the woodcut has been replaced by a man tying a faggot (copied from the March woodcut). Further back, two bearded gentlemen (possibly copied from Foxe’s Actes & Monuments) are looking at a pair of insects in the tree.

May (50v). The fountain and boating parties in the background are lost and in the foreground, the courting couples were moved apart to remove any suggestion of improper contact.

May The fountain and boating parties in the background are lost and in the foreground, the courting couples were moved apart to remove any suggestion of improper contact.

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