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Book of Hours: MS 145

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Book of Hours




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii modern paper flyleaves + 217 fols. + iii modern paper flyleaves, 184 x 124 (111 x 65) mm, 16 long lines, ruled in pink ink, leaf lost after fol. 66.

BINDING: 19th century, gold-tooled and blind-stamped brown leather over pasteboards.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 6v Calendar (in Middle Dutch); fols. 7r – 18r Hours of the Cross; fols. 19r – 98v Hours of the Virgin; fols. 99r – 106v Gradual Psalms; fols. 106v – 107v Prayer to the Virgin in Middle Dutch; fol. 108r – 108v Prayer to the 11,000 Virgins; fols. 110r – 135r Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 136r – 142r Hours of the Holy Spirit; fols. 142v – 154v Hours of the Passion; fols. 156r – 210v Office of the Dead; fols. 212r – 217r Hours of St Francis.

DECORATION: Eleven full-page framed miniatures with full acanthus and floral borders including angels, birds, apes, or archers, at major text divisions:
fol. 18v Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Agony in the Garden; fol. 37v Lauds, Christ before Pilate; fol. 50v Prime, Flagellation; fol. 56v Terce, Christ crowned with thorns, palm in hand; fol. 62v Sext, Carrying of the Cross; fol. 71v Vespers, Deposition, Virgin supported by St John; fol. 80v Compline, Entombment with Three Women and St John; fol. 109v Penitential Psalms, David penitent; fol. 135v Hours of the Holy Spirit, Throne of Mercy Trinity, scroll inscribed ‘gode lof’ in border; fol. 155v Office of the Dead, Raising of Lazarus; fol. 211v Hours of St Francis, St Francis receiving stigmata.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue, pink or green white-patterned initials [4 – 6 ll.] on gold grounds or gold initials [4 ll.] on blue and dark pink white-patterned grounds, mostly with floral or interlaced infill, but occasional enclosing Christocentric motifs, e.g. Head of Christ crowned with thorns for the Hours of the Cross (fol. 7r, D, 5 ll.) or Christ’s monogram for the Office of the Dead (fol. 156r, D, 5 ll.), with partial bar borders and full acanthus and floral borders, that on fol. 142v at the Hours of the Passion including shield with Christ’s wounds;
gold initials [2 ll.] on blue and dark pink white-patterned grounds; alternate gold and blue one-line initials with brown or red pen-flourished infill and frame; blue and dark pink line-fillers with white geometric designs and gold balls; capitals highlighted in liquid gold.


History note: Richard, seventh viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816), acquired in 1814; his bequest, 1816.

Place(s) associated

  • Yper ⪼ Southern Netherlands ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Late#
Circa 1475 CE - Circa 1499 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 111 mm Width 65 mm
Page Height 184 mm Width 124 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [vi] vi pone passionem
  • Location: Fol. 8r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 145
Primary reference Number: 169686
Project ID: 81
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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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