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February

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Labours of the months February

Labours of the months February

21r (C) has a passage copied from Beauchesne. It is a quotation from Plato: Commit not the governance of people to a Child to a Fool to a Covetous Man nor to any Hasty Person, that is desirous of revenge. Probably taken from Baldwin (1547). Fella’s version is longer than that of Beauchesne suggesting that he had access to another version of Plato.

21r (C) has a passage copied from Beauchesne. It is a quotation from Plato: Commit not the governance of people to a Child to a Fool to a Covetous Man nor to any Hasty Person, that is desirous of revenge. Probably taken from Baldwin (1547). Fella’s version is longer than that of Beauchesne suggesting that he had access to another version of Plato.

Labours of the months June

Labours of the months June

Holinshed headpiece

Holinshed headpiece

38v Some bulbs and a strange tree. The daffodil on the left was copied from Dodoens p. 214 but the Tulip is from another source.

38v Some bulbs and a strange tree. The daffodil on the left was copied from Dodoens p. 214 but the Tulip is from another source.

February (48r) Fella eschewed the classical architecture and elaborate landscapes shown in the background of the woodcuts. He generally avoided complex perspective in his drawings, but he also replaced some buildings with more local examples, giving a more homely feeling to his pictures.

February (48r) Fella eschewed the classical architecture and elaborate landscapes shown in the background of the woodcuts. He generally avoided complex perspective in his drawings, but he also replaced some buildings with more local examples, giving a more homely feeling to his pictures.

Labours of the months January

Labours of the months January

In his illustration for March, Thomas Fella (circa 1585 to 1622) changed the traditonal continental pruning of grapevines to trees. In the illustration he clearly shows a variety of edge tools.

In his illustration for March, Thomas Fella (circa 1585 to 1622) changed the traditonal continental pruning of grapevines to trees. In the illustration he clearly shows a variety of edge tools.

July: haymaking scene in a landscape, with people resting on the right.  c.1580  Woodcut

July: haymaking scene in a landscape, with people resting on the right. c.1580 Woodcut

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