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Book of Hours: MS 140

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Book of Hours


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




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.


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


15th Century, Late
Circa 1490 CE - Circa 1500 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


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


Inscription or legends present

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 140
Primary reference Number: 169678
Project ID: 76
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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