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Titles

Book of Hours

Maker(s)

Masters of Hugo Jansz. van Woerden (Artists)
Grote, Geert (Author)

Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 105 fols. + ii paper flyleaves, 181 x 125 (90 x 67) mm, 18 long lines, ruled in crayon, leaves lost before fols. 57 and 71, and after fol. 105.

BINDING: 19th century, blind-tooled brown leather over bevelled wooden boards, edges gilt, by C. Lewis, 7 Denmark Ct., Strand, London (label on verso of first flyleaf at front), who also re-bound Fitzwilliam Museum, MSS 75 and 122; spine from previous 18th century binding repaired.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 12v Calendar; fols. 14r – 49v Hours of the Virgin; fols. 51r – 56v Hours of the Cross; fols. 57r – 70v Penitential Psalms and Litany;
fols. 71r – 90v Hours of the Eternal Wisdom; fols. 92r – 105v Office of the Dead (ends imperfectly).

DECORATION: Three full-page miniatures in arched frames, with full acanthus and floral borders on plain parchment grounds at major text divisions:
fol. 13v Hours of the Virgin, Annunciation; fol. 50v Hours of the Cross, Crucifixion with Virgin, St John, St Mary Magdalene, and spectators; fol. 91v Office of the Dead, Resurrection, Christ rising from tomb, soldiers sleeping, two women approaching.

Five historiated initials in white-patterned blue on gold grounds, with identical three-sided borders including half-length musical angels, facing full-page miniatures at major text divisions: fol. 14r Hours of the Virgin, [H, 10 ll.] Virgin offering breast to Christ Child; fol. 51r [H, 9 ll.] Man of Sorrows with Instruments of the Passion; fol. 57r Penitential Psalms, [H, 10 ll.] David penitent; fol. 71r Hours of the Eternal Wisdom, [M, 9 ll.] Man of Sorrows and Virgin kneeling beneath rays in sky; fol. 92r Office of the Dead, [M, 9 ll.] Souls in Purgatory engulfed in flames and praying to rays in sky.

ORNAMENTATION: Gold initials [3 ll.] on dark pink grounds with sraywork extensions and bars of acanthus and foliage in upper and lower borders; alternate blue and red penwork initials [2 ll.] with red or blue pen-flourished extensions; alternate red and blue penwork one-line initials; capitals highlighted in red.

Notes

History note: Richard, seventh viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816), acquired in 1810; his bequest, 1816

Place(s) associated

  • Leiden ⪼ Northern Netherlands ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Late 15th century
Circa 1490 CE - Circa 1500 1500 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Gold

Components of the work

Support: composed of parchment Page: Height 181 mm Width 125 mm
Text: Height 90 mm Width 67 mm

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: dat meer ende
  • Location: Fol. 15r
  • Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 140
Primary reference Number: 169678
Project ID: 76
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Book of hours" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/169678 Accessed: 2022-01-16 19:39:13

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