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Leaf from a Book of Hours: Marlay cutting Fr. 4

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Current Location: In storage


Leaf from a Book of Hours


Illuminator: Bourdichon, Jean




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 160 x 103 mm (95 x 55 mm), 21 long lines ruled in pale brown ink on verso

CONTENTS: Terce of the Hours of the Virgin (continued on the verso with response, hymn and Psalm 119)

DECORATION: Miniature with arched top, framed in gold: Betrayal and Arrest of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane with Christ, Judas and other figures depicted half-length against a dark blue sky, with highlights in gold chiaroscuro, and full-border of pink and blue acanthus sprays on a gold ground, incorporating floral motifs, birds, a frog, and a monkey mounted on a dragon (recto).

ORNAMENTATION: One-sided, vertical border in the outer margin of pink and blue acanthus and floral sprays on gold ground, incorporating a bird (verso); grey and white initial [D, 3 ll.] filled with gold on pink ground, enclosing sprays of blue, yellow and white pansies (recto); foliate initials [1-2 ll.] in maroon and gold on blue grounds, blue and white on maroon grounds, and white and gold on maroon grounds, one with a fly and another with an animal head in the bowls; line fillers of white and gold foliate motifs on blue and pink grounds, and others in brown and gold in the form of branches (verso).


History note: Charles de Martigny (d.1512); Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831-1912); his bequest, 1912.

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Bequeathed by Charles Brinsley Marlay

Place(s) associated

  • Tours ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


15th Century, Late#
Circa 1485 - 1494

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Page Height 160 mm Width 103 mm
Text Height 95 mm Width 55 mm

Techniques used in production


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Accession number: Marlay cutting Fr. 4
Primary reference Number: 209062
Project ID: 1351
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Created: Thursday 7 July 2016 Updated: Monday 13 November 2023 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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