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Laurent d’Orléans, La Somme le roi: MS 368

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Laurent d’Orléans, La Somme le roi


Master Honore d'Amiens (Artist)


One of two leaves.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 180 x 125 mm, outer ruling frames including captions 140 x 90 mm, framed miniature 135 x 90 mm, captions written in iron-gall ink and vermillion, reverse blank.

Full-page miniature in four compartments, illustrating Chapter 58 of La Somme le roi on the virtue of Chastity and the vice of Lust, with burnished gold grounds painted in shell gold with rinceaux motifs, a full pink frame ornamented with white foliage with gold quatrefoils at the corners, and captions in iron-gall ink and vermillion: Female personification of Chastity, Chastee (top left), crowned, standing on a recumbent hog and holding a medallion emblazoned with a bird; Female personification of Lust, Luxure (top right), spitting blood, clasping a manacle and towel; Judith beheading Holofernes, captioned holoferne, judith (bottom left); Joseph fleeing Potiphar’s wife captioned Joseph q[ui] fuit la fole dame (bottom right).


History note: The two full-page miniatures were once part of a copy of the Somme le roi (London, BL, Add. MS 54180) made for Philip IV of France (1268-1314) and his consort, Jeanne of Navarre (1273-1305), the arms of France and Navarre, first identified by François Avril, appear in the parent manuscript on fol. 97v and fol. 14v respectively (Paris 1998, no. 183); Blanche of Navarre (1330-1398), second wife and queen of Philip VI (1293-1350), listed in the codicil (dated 20 March) to her will of 18 March 1396: ‘Item nous laissons à nostre très chier filz le duc d’Orleans nostre bon livre de la Somme le roy, qui fu au roy Phelippe le Bel, et est bien enluminé’ (Delisle 1885, 30); bequeathed by her to Louis d'Orléans (1372-1407) and possibly inherited by his son, Charles d'Orleans (1394-1465); in the possession of the Prideaux-Brune family of Cornwall from at least 1720, inscribed ‘Edmund Prideaux Anno Dom. 1720 (fol. 3r); MS 368, another single leaf removed from the manuscript, was acquired by Sir Sydney Cockerell from a continental dealer and presented by Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, 1934.

Legal notes

Given by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ North ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1934) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


13th Century
Circa 1290 - 1295

Materials used in production

Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support: composed of parchment Miniatures: Height 135 mm Width 90 mm
Captions: Height 140 mm Width 90 mm
Page: Height 180 mm Width 125 mm

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 368
Primary reference Number: 209484
Project ID: 3524
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Created: Monday 31 October 2016 Updated: Monday 4 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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