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Hours: MS McClean 91

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Author: Grote, Geert




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii modern paper flyleaves + 295 fols. + ii modern paper flyleaves, 170 x 116 (100 x 72) mm, 20 long lines, ruled in purple ink.

BINDING: nineteenth century, wooden boards with two horizontal blind-stamped leather bands with decorative nails, four metal rose-bosses on corners of upper and lower cover and cut out medallions in the centre inlaid on upper cover with silver angel holding cross, two leather straps cut off lower cover, edges stained red.

CONTENTS: fols. 1v – 7r Calendar; fols. 8r – 34r Hours of the Virgin; fols. 35r – 91r Hours of Christmas; fols. 92r – 113r Hours of the Cross; fols. 114r – 142r Hours of Easter; fols. 143r – 159v Hours of the Holy Spirit; fols. 160r – 205r Hours of the Sacrament; fols. 206r – 223v Hours of the Eternal Wisdom
fols. 224r – 242v Hours of All Saints; fols. 243r – 249v Penitential Psalms;
fols. 250r – 257v Litany with collects; fols. 257v – 265v Prayers on the Sacrament; fols. 266r – 271r Prayer on the Pater Noster; fols. 272r – 289v Hundred articles on the Passion; fols. 289v – 292r Prayer of St Bernard
fols. 292r – 293r Verses of St Bernard; fols. 293r – 295v Prayers to the Virgin.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue or pink white-patterned initials [3 – 8 ll.] with acanthus and floral infill on gold grounds, and full or partial acanthus and floral spraywork borders at main text divisions; borders on fols. 224r and 243r include birds and animals with inscribed scrolls; gold initials [2 – 3 ll.] on blue and dark pink white-patterned grounds with floral and gold-leaf spraywork extensions; alternate gold and blue one-line initials with blue or red pen-flourished infill and extensions; capitals highlighted in red.


History note: Lot 578 in an unidentified Sotheby’s sale as recorded by James 1912, 202 (no extant inscription or cutting from sale catalogue); Frank McClean (1837 – 1904); his bequest 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Delft

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


15th Century#
Production date: AD 1439

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ende proefden
  • Location: Fol. 9
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 91
Primary reference Number: 170713
Project ID: 28
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 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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