Gilded Illuminated Letter L

letter-l-2Finally, a colored letter L image to share with you. Unfortunately, there is only one but it surely is a nice one.

This illuminated letter L was one of over 100 letter images that were used to decorate a manuscript created some time in the 1500s. The pages were clearly hand lettered and gilded.

Sadly, the photo doesn’t entirely show the shimmer and shine of the gilding but based on working with these letters, this was definitely one of the ones that included a bit of gold leaf.

The letter was drawn in blue with white decorations. A bit of the letter extends outside of the slightly off-square frame – I’ll leave it to you to decide how much editing you might want to do.

Along with the illuminated letter L, there are red and green flowers and leaves. The flowers are growing on white and grey-toned stems and vines.

Overall, it is quite a bright and colorful image that is clearly in the public domain and would make a great addition to your own creative projects.

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.