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Historiated initial from a Gradual: MS 291

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from a Gradual


Artist: Master of the Cypresses




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 180 x 210 mm, two lines of fragmentary text and one fragmentary five-line musical stave ruled in red ink on reverse.

CONTENTS: The initial V would have introduced the Introit of the Mass for Ascension, Viri Galilei, quid admiramini aspicientes; on reverse, part of the Communion for Tuesday before Ascension, [Petite et accipietis] querite inveniet[is].

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of geometric motifs and stylized acanthus on burnished gold ground, with identical border ornament: [V, 2 ll. of text and one musical stave] Ascension.


History note: F.W. Cosens, F.S.A., of Lewes, Sussex; his sale, Christie’s, London, 17-19 May 1890, lot 397; Rev. E.S. Dewick (1844–1917); presented to the Museum by his son, Rev. E.C. Dewick, in 1918.

Place(s) associated

  • Seville

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918) by Dewick, E. C.

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 291
Primary reference Number: 176490
Project ID: 3472
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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