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Book of Hours: MS 142

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Book of Hours


Masters of the Beady Eyes (Artists)


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i modern paper flyleaf + ii parchment flyleaves + 146 fols. + i parchment flyleaf + i modern paper flyleaf, 144 x 106 (99 x 68) mm, 19 long lines, ruled in black ink.

BINDING: 17th century, gold-tooled brown leather over wooden boards, sewn on 4 supports, metal clasp on lower cover, catchplate on upper cover, edges gilt and gauffered; re-sewn and repaired by Robert Proctor, Fitzwilliam Museum.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 6v Calendar; fols. 7v – 77r Prayers in Dutch (fols. 73v – 77r addition); fols. 79r – 83v Hours of the Cross, with prayer in Dutch on fol. 83v (addition); fols. 85r – 87v Hours of the Holy Spirit; fols. 89r – 117v Hours of the Virgin; fols. 119r – 125v Penitential Psalms; fols. 125v – 129v Litany with collects; fols. 131r – 139r Office of the Dead (fragmentary), with prayer in Dutch on fol. 139r – v (addition); fols. 140r – 143r family register.

DECORATION: Five full-page framed miniatures with full floral, acanthus and spraywork borders on plain parchment grounds at major text divisions:
fol. 78v Hours of the Cross, Crucifixion; fol. 84v Hours of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost; fol. 88v Hours of the Virgin, Annunciation; fol. 118v Penitential Psalms, Last Judgement with Virgin and St John interceding; fol. 130v Office of the Dead, Raising of Lazarus.

ORNAMENTATION: fols. 7v – 77r: Gold and black or blue and gold initials [4 – 7 ll.] with red pen-flourished floral infill on grounds of green wash and extensions including gold ornament, flowers and fruit (IHS monogram on fol. 44r); red or blue penwork initials [2 – 3 ll.] with reserved ornament and violet and red pen-flourished infill and extensions, often on grounds of green wash; alternate blue and red initials [1 – 2 ll.]; capitals highlighted in red.
fols. 1r – 6v, 79r – 139r: Blue or mauve white-patterned initials [8 ll.] with foliage infill on gold grounds and full floral, acanthus and spraywork borders facing and identical with those for the miniatures at major text divisions; gold initials [2 – 4 ll.] on pink and blue white-patterned grounds; alternate gold and blue one-line initials with black and red pen-flourishing; blue penwork line fillers with gold balls; capitals highlighted in red.


History note: Register of the Flemish Absoloens family for the period 1557 – 1650 (fols. 140r – 143r); Johanna Care, 1611 (added entry in Calendar, 6 Sept., fol. 5r); Joseph Smith, English Consul to Venice (1682 – 1770), bookplate on verso of first parchment flyleaf at front; Richard, seventh viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816), acquired in 1810; his bequest, 1816.

Place(s) associated

  • Ghent ⪼ Flanders
  • Utrecht ⪼ Northern Netherlands ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 15th Century
Production date: circa AD/CE 1460

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support: composed of parchment Page: Height 144 mm Width 106 mm
Text: Height 99 mm Width 68 mm

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ende enen ave
  • Location: Fol. 8r
  • Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 142
Primary reference Number: 169680
Project ID: 78
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 September 2020 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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