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Leaf from a Book of Hours: Marlay cutting Fr. 6

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Current Location: In storage


Leaf from a Book of Hours


Illuminator: Bourdichon, Jean




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 145 x 100 mm (95 x 55 mm), pasted on paper obscuring most of the text on the reverse

CONTENTS: Prayer preceding the Mass (continued on the verso)

DECORATION: Full-page miniature with a gold frame: The Mass of St Gregory with Christ supported by two angels, four other angels in blue and gold chiaroscuro holding the instruments of the Passion, and the patron, Charles de Martigny, kneeling in front of the altar for the prayer preceding the Mass, with the words [S]UMME. SACERDOS. ET. VERE. PONTIFEX. QUI. TE. OBTULISTI DEO PATRI, inscribed in maroon capitals on the lower edge of the frame (recto).

ORNAMENTATION: One-sided, vertical border in the outer margin of pink and blue acanthus and floral sprays on gold ground, incorporating floral motifs and a bird (verso).


History note: Charles de Martigny (d. 1512); Samuel Rogers (1763-1855); his sale, Christie’s, London, 28 April 1856, possibly lot 998; Thomas Miller Whitehead (1825-1897), notes in his hand and the year 1856 inscribed on the reverse; not included in his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 3 May 1898; 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 145 mm Width 100 mm
Text Height 95 mm Width 55 mm

Techniques used in production


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Accession number: Marlay cutting Fr. 6
Primary reference Number: 209064
Project ID: 1351
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Created: Thursday 7 July 2016 Updated: Monday 17 April 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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