Pictures in print
Prints for devotion
XYL-15 Christ blesses a Monk
[France (?), c.1500].Woodcut with Latin inscription.
The risen Christ stands facing the onlooker on the right of the image, holding a cross staff in his left hand and displaying his wounds. These are picked out in deep red to give them special prominence. Stitching holes on the right-hand edge suggest that the leaf may at some time have formed part of a codex.
The woodcut is one of an extensive series of devotional images stitched or pasted into a sixteenth-century Sarum primer (Paris: Franciscus Regnault, 1534), apparently by the Radcliffe family of Ordsall in Lancashire, during the period 1548-78. The various annotations and deletions in the printed primer, together with the unusually large number of added devotional images, indicate the intense use that was made of this book by its recusant owners during the Elizabethan period.
Shelfmark: Gough Missals 177, fol. C1v..