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Book of Hours: MS 137

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Book of Hours


Author: Grote, Geert
Artist: Master of Catharina van Doornik and other artists




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii paper flyleaves + ii contemporary parchment flyleaves + 273 fols. + i paper flyleaf, 145 x 94 (89 x 58) mm, 15 long lines, ruled in purple ink, leaves lost between fols. 72 – 73, 138 – 139, 265 – 266.

BINDING: 17th century, inlaid and richly tooled red, green and brown leather over pasteboards, sewn on 5 supports, red and green endbands, edges gilt an gauffered; modern spine repair.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 12v Calendar; fols. 15r – 72v Hours of the Virgin; fols. 73r – 98v Hours of the Holy Spirit; fols. 100r – 136v Hours of the Cross; fol. 139r – 167v Hours of the Eternal Wisdom (begins imperfectly); fols. 167v – 169v Communion prayer; fols. 171r – 200v Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 202r – 245r Office of the Dead; fols. 256r – 263r Prayers at Mass; fols. 263r – 272v Suffrages.

DECORATION: Six full-page framed miniatures with full floral borders on plain parchment grounds, some including motifs related to the miniature:
fol. 14v Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation, in border pot with lilies, Daernik arms, and initials H and D; fol. 99v Hours of the Cross, Crucifixion, in border half-length angels with Instruments of the Passion; fol. 138v Hours of the Eternal Wisdom, Coronation of the Virgin; fol. 170v Penitential Psalms, David penitent; fol. 201v Office of the Dead, Angel carrying a blessed soul to heaven, souls of damned burning in Hell-Mouth, in border devils carrying souls in wheelbarrow; fol. 269v Suffrages, St Barbara reading in front of walled garden with tower.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue or pink white-patterned initials [9 ll.] with foliage infill on gold grounds and three-sided floral borders on plain parchment grounds at major text divisions; blue white-patterned initials [3 – 4 ll.] with floral infill on gold grounds and partial spraywork borders with flowers and gold leaves at lesser text divisions; alternate blue and red penwork initials [2 – 4 ll.] with red or purple pen flourish; alternate red and blue one-line penwork initials; capitals highlighted in red.


History note: Made for Deliana van Doornik (d.1520), who married Herman van Doornik, Secretary of Nijmegen (c.1466 – 1497) in 1459 (arms and initials H and D, fol. 14v); their daughter Katherina van Doornick (16th century ownership inscription on first parchment flyleaf); Elisabeth van Hooren (17th century ownership inscription, fol. 273r); Richard, seventh viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816), acquired in 1808; his bequest, 1816.

Place(s) associated

  • Arnhem
  • Cologne

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, second half#
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1480 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Page Height 145 mm Width 94 mm
Text Height 89 mm Width 58 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ons mit psalmen
  • Location: Fol. 16r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 137
Primary reference Number: 169675
Project ID: 73
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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