De Lisle Psalter, London (?) ca. 1310

London, British Library, Arundel MS 83 II, fol. 124

A special and rare feature in English art of the time is the arrangement of scenes from the Life of Christ in the Oscott Psalter: two main roundels on each page, underlaid by golden areas and placed on a coloured background reflect the patterns of glass windows at contemporary French cathedrals and their imitation in French book illumination of the time. French patterns are also obvious in the bright colouring, intense blue and light orange-red. Another rare feature is the accompanying cut segments. A peculiarity of the Oxford workshop with its long-lasting effects is the design of the frames in each page: two equal bars, equally patterned and coloured, are facing each other.