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Two leaves from a Book of Hours: MS 1-1957 f.43-44

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Current Location: In storage


Two leaves from a Book of Hours




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 168 x 102 (110 x 59) mm, 19 long lines, ruled in ink.

fol. 43v Memoria of St Erasmus;
fol. 44r Memoria of St Philip.

DECORATION: Two full-page framed miniatures with strewn-flower borders including birds and insects:
fol. 43v St Erasmus in pontifical dress seated and reading, windlass leaning against lectern;
fol. 44v St James the Less or St Philip with cross and open book.

ORNAMENTATION: fol. 43r liquid gold initial [3 ll.] shaped of dragons on blue ground, full border with putti, dancing bear, nude playing pipe, branchwork and strapwork; fol. 44r liquid gold initial [3 ll.] shaped of dragins on blue ground, pink initial [2 ll.] on liquid gold ground, and full border with greyhound wearing collar inscribed APH attacking cat, branchwork and strapwork.


History note: Leaves kept in the autograph album of Phillis M. Ellis, daughter of the antiquarian bookseller Frederick S. Ellis (1830 – 1901); B.F.W. Paine; his gift, 1957.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1957) by Paine, B. F. W.


16th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1520

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 110 mm Width 59 mm
Page Height 168 mm Width 102 mm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 1-1957 f.43-44
Primary reference Number: 170627
Project ID: 123
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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