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Book of Hours: MS 125

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Book of Hours


Master of the Beinecke Hours (Artist)


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + ii contemporary parchment flyleaves + 169 fols. + ii paper flyleaves, 117 x 83 (67 x 47) mm, 13 long lines, ruled in brown ink, catchwords.

BINDING: 18th century, red leather over pasteboards, gold-tooled edge design, four silver corner-pieces and central monogram AM with coronet on each cover, edges gilt and gauffered.

CONTENTS: fols. 2r – 17r Calendar; fols. 18v – 113v Hours of the Virgin; fols. 113v – 116v Mass of the Virgin; fols. 117v – 148v Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 149r – 160r Litany of the Virgin.

DECORATION: Full-page framed miniature with three isolated flowers on plain parchment border: fol. 1v blank shield suspended from tree and supported by two angels.

Two full-page miniatures with arched frames and full strewn-flower borders including animals, birds, and grotesques on brushed gold grounds:
fol. 18v Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation; fol. 117v Penitential Psalms, Last Judgement.

ORNAMENTATION: Acanthus initials [3 – 7 ll.] in liquid gold on pink grounds at major text divisions, with full borders identical to those for the miniatures, except two which display vases, gems and devotional objects (Prime, fol. 52v, and None, fol. 68r); grey initials [1 – 2 ll.] with white foliate motifs on red grounds with liquid gold designs for lesser text divisions; bar linefillers with foliate motifs in the same colour scheme.


History note: Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816), acquired in 1809; his bequest, 1816.

Place(s) associated

  • Bruges ⪼ Northern France ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


First quarter of 16th century
Circa 1500 CE - Circa 1525 CE

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment Page Height 117 mm Width 83 mm
Text Height 67 mm Width 47 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [Invitato]rium. Ave Maria
  • Location: Fol. 20r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 125
Primary reference Number: 169672
Project ID: 368
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 18 August 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 18 August 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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