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Miniature from a Psalter: MS 330.v

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Current Location: In storage


Miniature from a Psalter


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




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, miniature including corner medallions 213 x 135 mm (frame excluding medallions 194 x 117 mm), inlaid in a modern parchment leaf 250 x 170 mm

DECORATION: Full-page miniature on gold ground ornamented with incised patterns, punched dots and red painted dots, featuring two mandorlas on a red diapered ground, with blue inner frame ornamented in black with red dots, and gold outer frame outlined in black: Christ in Majesty (above) enthroned, trampling on a lion and a dragon, surrounded by Evangelists’ symbols in medallions: seated angel with scroll MATHEUS, eagle with scroll IOHANES, lion with scroll M[A]RCUS and ox with scroll LUCAS, and King David (below) enthroned, playing the harp, accompanied by two musicians (one with a viol and the other a psaltery), depicted in two medallions in the lower border.


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Sydney Cockerell in 1920 for Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 7 June 1932, lot 11; withdrawn before the sale at Sydney Cockerell’s initiative and purchased for the Museum by the National Art Collections Fund in 1932.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

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, first half
Circa 1230 - Circa 1250

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Frame Height 194 mm Width 117 mm
Miniature Height 213 mm Width 135 mm
Parchment Leaf Height 250 mm Width 170 mm

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 330.v
Primary reference Number: 209268
Project ID: 3491
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Created: Monday 18 July 2016 Updated: Monday 23 January 2023 Last processed: Monday 13 November 2023

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

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