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Leaf from the Egmond Breviary: MS 1-1960

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Current Location: In storage


Leaf from the Egmond Breviary


Artist: Masters of Zweder van Culemborg




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, heavily trimmed, 210 x 143 (168 x 112) mm, framed miniature 160 x 99 mm, 2 columns, 36 lines, ruled in faint brown ink.

CONTENTS: On recto part of the Office for the Sunday before Advent, beginning imperfectly (terra promissionis introduci nos posse) and ending with the lesson on the Feeding of the Five Thousand (Accepit ergo Jhesus panes et cum gracias egisset distribuit discumbentibus).

DECORATION: On verso full-page framed miniature of the Dedication of the Temple of Solomon with full gold, blue and pink bar border, and three-sided acanthus, gold leaf and spraywork border including two half-length figures of prophets with scrolls inscribed Hec est domus (antiphon for the Dedication of a church) and Templum domini. On recto full gold, blue and pink bar border, and three-sided acanthus and spraywork border including two half-length figures of prophets with scrolls inscribed Discubuere and Collegerunt (referring to the lesson on the Feeding of the Five Thousand).


History note: Made for a duke of Guelders-Jülich, probably Arnold of Egmond (1423 – 1473); George Egmond (d. 1559), bishop of Utrecht (coat of arms added on the flyleaf of the Egmond Breviary); Rev. R.E. Maycock; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 2 Feb. 1960, lot 247; purchased by Francis Wormald (1904 – 1972); his gift, 1960.

Place(s) associated

  • Utrecht

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1960) by Wormald, Francis


15th Century, second quarter#
Circa 1435 CE - Circa 1440 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Miniature Height 160 mm Width 99 mm
Text Height 168 mm Width 112 mm
Page Height 210 mm Width 143 mm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 1-1960
Primary reference Number: 170628
Project ID: 109
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 4 January 2021 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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