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Miniature from a Psalter: MS 330.i

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Current Location: In storage


Miniature from a Psalter


Artist: Brailes, William de




One of six miniatures from a Psalter.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: trimmed miniature including corner medallions 203 x 135 mm (frame excluding medallions 178 x 111 mm) inlaid in a modern parchment leaf 357 x 284 mm

SCRIPT: Gothic bookhand (textualis)

Full-page miniature on gold ground ornamented with punched dots, with inner frame of blue and red triangular and foliate ornament, highlighted in white, and outer frame of gold outlined in black: Fall of the Rebel Angels, with good angels expelling rebellious ones who plunge into Mouth of Hell (below), and Christ enthroned at centre, holding open book, inscribed Alpha and Omega, surrounded by tiers of angels (above). Subsidiary scenes in five medallions and an arched compartment incorporated into the frame show personifications of the Virtues and Vices holding scrolls with inscriptions, three at the top: Charity (CARITAS), Humility (HUMILITAS) and Patience (PACIENCIA), and three at the bottom: Avarice (AVARICIA), with sack of gold around her neck, Pride (SUPERBIA RADIX) and Anger (IRA).


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Sydney Cockerell in 1920 for Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 7 June 1932, lot 11; withdrawn before the sale at Sydney Cockerell’s initiative and purchased for the Museum by the National Art Collections Fund in 1932

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Bought from Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, using the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 203 mm
Width: 135 mm

Place(s) associated

  • Oxford ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century
1230 - 1250

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Frame Height 178 mm Width 111 mm
Leaf Height 357 mm Width 284 mm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 330.i
Primary reference Number: 209485
Project ID: 3491
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Created: Tuesday 1 November 2016 Updated: Thursday 17 September 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 16 April 2024

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

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