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Abstract

This prayer book was produced ca. 1430-40, likely in Brabant, but the contents of the calendar point to Tournai and Cambrai, and the Office of the Dead is for the use of Liège. North Netherlandish influence, possibly connected with works by the Masters of the Gold Scrolls, is suggested by the style and iconography of its images. The manuscript is notable for its large number of miniatures--forty-eight in total--as well as the sense of narrative within them, and the diversity of the suffrages they illustrate is striking. That the original owner had a strong interest in the Passion is evident in both the choice of texts and the images. The manuscript was well used, and accrued not only additional prayers and suffrages, but devotional objects as well: a pilgrim's badge was once attached to the corner of the image for the suffrage to relics on fol. 160r.

Hand note

Written in littera batarda by slightly later hand

Decoration Note

Five full-page miniatures; forty-three, three-quarter page miniatures (10-11 lines); light floral borders around images; five large flourished initials, four opposite full-page miniatures (4 lines); smaller flourished initials at secondary text divisions (2-3 lines); "KL" in calendar in alternating red and blue with ink flourishes (2 lines); small painted initials in red and blue for versals and suffrage antiphons; rubrics in red; text in black and dark brown ink

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Schuele, Allyson

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Contributor: Wiegand, Kimber

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935; p. 788, cat. no. 196.


Wieck, Roger Seymour. Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. Exhibition Catalogue. Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery. NY: George Braiziller, 1988; pp. 115, 209, cat. no. 82, fig. 94.


Rogers, N.J. "The Miniature of St. John the Baptist in Gonville and Caius MS 241/127 and Its Context." In Fifteenth-Century Flemish Manuscripts in Cambridge Collections. Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, Volume X. Cambridge: Cambridge University Library, 1992; p. 228.


Randall, Lilian M. C. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Vol. 3, Belgium, 1250-1530. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press in association with the Walters Art Gallery, 1997; pp. 132-139, cat. no. 232.


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Keywords
Prayer book
Flemish
Flanders
15th century
Devotion
Christian
French
Miniature
Painting
France
History

Origin Place

Brabant (?)

Date

Ca. 1430-1440 CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Rebound second half of nineteenth century by Chambolle-Duru, Paris; mustard-colored leather; sewn on five cords, silk endbands in red, yellow, and green, with matching ribbon marker; spine inscribed "LIVRE D'HEURES" and at bottom "MANUSCRIT"; binder's name in gold on bottom turn-in, inside upper board; edges of pages regilt

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin. The secondary language of this manuscript is French, Middle (ca.1400-1600).

Provenance

Created ca. 1430-40, possibly in Brabant, with feasts of Tournai and Cambrai in calendar, and Office of the Dead is Use of Liège; original owner possibly had Franciscan and Francophile sympathies given texts in suffrages

Damascène Morgand

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased between 1895 and 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

<< return to search Prayer Book W.164

Origin Place

Brabant (?)

Date

Ca. 1430-1440 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin. The secondary language of this manuscript is French, Middle (ca.1400-1600).

Provenance

Created ca. 1430-40, possibly in Brabant, with feasts of Tournai and Cambrai in calendar, and Office of the Dead is Use of Liège; original owner possibly had Franciscan and Francophile sympathies given texts in suffrages

Damascène Morgand

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased between 1895 and 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This prayer book was produced ca. 1430-40, likely in Brabant, but the contents of the calendar point to Tournai and Cambrai, and the Office of the Dead is for the use of Liège. North Netherlandish influence, possibly connected with works by the Masters of the Gold Scrolls, is suggested by the style and iconography of its images. The manuscript is notable for its large number of miniatures--forty-eight in total--as well as the sense of narrative within them, and the diversity of the suffrages they illustrate is striking. That the original owner had a strong interest in the Passion is evident in both the choice of texts and the images. The manuscript was well used, and accrued not only additional prayers and suffrages, but devotional objects as well: a pilgrim's badge was once attached to the corner of the image for the suffrage to relics on fol. 160r.

Hand note

Written in littera batarda by slightly later hand

Decoration Note

Five full-page miniatures; forty-three, three-quarter page miniatures (10-11 lines); light floral borders around images; five large flourished initials, four opposite full-page miniatures (4 lines); smaller flourished initials at secondary text divisions (2-3 lines); "KL" in calendar in alternating red and blue with ink flourishes (2 lines); small painted initials in red and blue for versals and suffrage antiphons; rubrics in red; text in black and dark brown ink

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Schuele, Allyson

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Contributor: Wiegand, Kimber

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935; p. 788, cat. no. 196.


Wieck, Roger Seymour. Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. Exhibition Catalogue. Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery. NY: George Braiziller, 1988; pp. 115, 209, cat. no. 82, fig. 94.


Rogers, N.J. "The Miniature of St. John the Baptist in Gonville and Caius MS 241/127 and Its Context." In Fifteenth-Century Flemish Manuscripts in Cambridge Collections. Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, Volume X. Cambridge: Cambridge University Library, 1992; p. 228.


Randall, Lilian M. C. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Vol. 3, Belgium, 1250-1530. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press in association with the Walters Art Gallery, 1997; pp. 132-139, cat. no. 232.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

fol. 92bookmarkr

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Prayer book
Flemish
Flanders
15th century
Devotion
Christian
French
Miniature
Painting
France
History
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