The Eighth Plague: Locusts (Exodus 10:12-15)

William de Brailesca. 1250 (Medieval)

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

In this image from Walters manuscript W.106, the Lord told Moses to stretch forth his hand that locusts might come and eat every plant in the land, all that the hail had left. A dense swarm of locusts settled over all the land, one so dense that its like had never been seen before, nor would be seen again.


  • Title: The Eighth Plague: Locusts (Exodus 10:12-15)
  • Date Created: ca. 1250 (Medieval)
  • Physical Dimensions: w9.5 x h13.2 cm
  • Type: illuminated manuscripts; folios (leaves)
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: ink and pigment on parchment
  • Scribe: William de Brailes
  • Provenance: Léon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, June 6, 1903, by purchase [see The Diaries of George Lucas]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Oxford, England, United Kingdom
  • Inscriptions: [Translation] The eighth innumerable locusts and wingless locusts, which ate the trees; [Transliteration] la .viii,eme locusta & bruc[us] sen numbre q[ui] mangere[n]t les arbres.

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