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Miniature from a Psalter: MS 330.iii

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Miniature from a Psalter


Illuminator: Brailes, William de
Scribe: Brailes, William de




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, miniature 196 x 123 mm, inlaid in a modern parchment leaf 250 x 170 mm

DECORATION: Full-page miniature on gold ground ornamented with incised lines and punched dots, with partial blue inner frame patterned in white and black, and gold outer frame outlined in black: Last Judgement with Christ enthroned in mandorla at centre, trampling on a lion and a dragon, with angel above him holding scrolls inscribed VENITE BENEDICTI and [DISCED]ITE MALEDICTI, pair of angels below sounding trumpets to raise the dead, and Mouth of Hell at the bottom. Subsidiary scenes in semi-circular compartments and mandorlas (clockwise from top to bottom): Angels with instruments of the Passion, including cross inscribed VULNERA V DEI PIA CRUX ET PASSIO XPI and SUNT MEDICINA MEI VULNERA V DEI; Apostles, including St Paul seated with sword; St Michael rescuing from amongst the damned the illuminator William de Brailes who is identified by the inscription on his scroll W DE BRAIL’ ME FECIT; St Peter, with key, descending from heaven to hail the Blessed; Apostles with the Virgin kneeling in supplication;


History note: Provenance note: Joseph-Baptiste Barrois (1784-1855); Bertram, fourth earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878); Bertram, fifth earl of Ashburnham (1840-1913); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10-14 June 1901, Barrois collection, lot 404; purchased by Quaritch; George C. Thomas of Philadelphia; Dr A.S.W. Rosenbach (1876-1952); purchased from him by Sydney Cockerell in 1920 for Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 7 June 1932, lot 11; withdrawn before the sale at Sydney Cockerell’s initiative and purchased for the Museum by the National Art Collections Fund in 1932.

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Purchased from Alfred Chester Beatty, through the National Art Collections Fund

Place(s) associated

  • Oxford ⪼ England

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Method of acquisition: Bought (1932) by Beatty, Chester


13th Century, first half
Circa 1230 CE - Circa 1250 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Miniature Height 196 mm Width 123 mm
Parchment Leaf Height 250 mm Width 170 mm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 330.iii
Primary reference Number: 209267
Project ID: 3491
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Created: Friday 15 July 2016 Updated: Monday 5 February 2024 Last processed: Monday 5 February 2024

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

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