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Book of Hours: MS 7-1955

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Book of Hours


Author: Grote, Geert




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + i modern parchment flyleaf + 140 fols. + i modern parchment flyleaf + ii paper flyleaves, 195 x 137 (103 x 70) mm, 21 long lines, ruled in brown ink

BINDING: Nineteenth century, dark red velvet over wooden boards, two clasps on lower cover, two catchplates on upper cover, edges gilt

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 12r Calendar; fols. 12v – 42r Hours of the Virgin; fols. 42v – 60v Hours of the Eternal Wisdom; fols. 61r – 81r Hours of the Holy Spirit
fols. 81v – 100v Hours of the Cross; fols. 101r – 112v Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 113r – 140v Office of the Dead.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue initials [3 – 11 ll.] with shaded foliate ornament and floral infill on gold grounds, three- or one-sided gold, blue and pink bar borders, and full or partial acanthus and spraywork borders including birds, grotesques and occasional human figures; gold initials [2 – 4 ll.] on blue and pink white-patterned grounds, with spraywork extensions and occasionally with three-sided borders; alternate red and blue penwork one-line initials; gold, blue and red geometric and foliate linefillers.


History note: Purchased by Dr Geikie of Ayr at an unidentified Sotheby’s sle; Sotheby’s, London, 17 July 1950, lot 18; purchased by Francis Edwards; purchased from him by Thomas Sidney Blakeney (1905 – 1976) in 1954; his gift, October 1955.

Place(s) associated

  • Haarlem

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1955) by Blakeney, Thomas Sidney


15th Century, fourth quarter
Circa 1480 CE - Circa 1490 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 103 mm Width 70 mm
Page Height 195 mm Width 137 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: hebben ten
  • Location: Fol. 14r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 7-1955
Primary reference Number: 170624
Project ID: 113
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 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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