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Illuminated Testimonial to Tobias Matthay, FRAM

Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

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This illuminated testimonial is in the form of an encased triptych on parchment, with signatures in ink of former pupils and colleagues under glass panels inside the wings. The main image in the central panel is framed by the historiated initials ‘T’ (for Tobias) & 'M', and this Gothic tracery provides setting for the medieval-style lutenist within in a noctural landscape seated beside a muse who is composing.

Royal Academy of Music





tempera, ink & gilding on parchment


H 56 x W 86 cm

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bequeathed by Tobias Matthay, 1948

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