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Book of Hours


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 225 fols. + ii paper flyleaves, 129 x 91 (69 x 48) mm, 13 long lines, ruled in pink ink.

BINDING: 19th century, brown leather over pasteboards.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 12v Calendar in French; fols. 13r – 23v Hours of the Cross; fols. 24r – 35v Hours of the Holy Spirit; fols. 36r – 41v Obsecro te
fols. 41v – 45v O intemerata; fols. 46r – 141v Hours of the Virgin; fols. 142r – 168v Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 170r – 223v Office of the Dead.

DECORATION: Five large miniatures painted in grisaille with blue and liquid gold highlights, with arched frames and full acanthus and floral borders in the same palette, at major text divisions: fol. 13r Hours of the Cross, Crucifixion with Virgin and St John; fol. 24r Hours of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost; fol. 46r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation; fol. 142r Penitential Psalms, David penitent; fol. 170r Office of the Dead, Funeral service.

ORNAMENTATION: Black white-patterned initials [3 – 4 ll.] with foliage infill on gold grounds beneath full-page miniatures; identical initials [3 – 4 ll.] with partial borders at lesser text divisions; gold initials [1 – 2 ll.] on pink and blue white-patterned grounds; pink and blue white-patterned bar line-fillers with gold balls ornament; capitals highlighted in yellow.


History note: 17th century ownership inscription ‘B. de Saussaye’ (fol. 1r); Richard, seventh viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816), acquired in 1807; his bequest, 1816.

Place(s) associated

  • Bruges ⪼ Southern Netherlands ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


Fifteenth century, second half
Circa 1470 CE - Circa 1480 CE

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment Page Height 129 mm Width 91 mm
Text Height 69 mm Width 48 mm

Techniques used in production

Ruling Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Deus homo
  • Location: Fol. 14r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 86
Primary reference Number: 169732
Project ID: 69
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 30 November 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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