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Leaf from a Book of Hours: Marlay cutting Fr. 5

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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 57 mm), 3 long lines on recto and 21 long lines ruled in pale brown ink on verso

CONTENTS: Hours of the Holy Spirit (continued on the verso)

DECORATION: Miniature with arched top, framed in gold: Pentecost with the seated Virgin Mary surrounded by the apostles and a dove descending with a full-border of pink and blue acanthus sprays on a gold ground, incorporating floral motifs, strawberries, two birds, a butterfly and a seated dog for the Hours of the Holy Spirit (recto).

ORNAMENTATION: One-sided, vertical border in the outer margin of pink and blue acanthus and floral sprays on gold ground, incorporating floral motifs, strawberries and two birds (verso); grey and white initial [D, 3 ll.] on pink and gold ground, enclosing sprays of blue 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 the head of a goat in the bowls; line fillers of white and gold foliate motifs on blue and maroon grounds, and one in brown and gold in the form of a branch (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 57 mm

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting Fr. 5
Primary reference Number: 209063
Project ID: 1351
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Created: Thursday 7 July 2016 Updated: Tuesday 16 March 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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