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Miniature from a Psalter: MS 330.ii

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Titles

Miniature from a Psalter

Maker(s)

Brailes, William de (Artist)

Description

One of six miniatures from a Psalter.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: trimmed miniature including corner medallions 193 x 130 mm (frame excluding medallions 183 x 123 mm), inlaid in a modern parchment leaf 363 x 264 mm

SCRIPT: Gothic bookhand (textualis)

Full-page miniature on gold ground with punched dots, with inner frame of alternate blue and red triangular and foliate ornament, highlighted in white, and outer frame of gold and tan outlined in black: Six vesica-shaped medallions depicting (from top to bottom and left to right) God clothing Adam and Eve, Adam digging and Eve spinning, Cain and Abel offering sacrifices, Cain killing Abel with jawbone, God with scroll inscribed U[BI] E[ST] FRA[TER] TU[US] VAG[US] & P[RO]FUG[US] rebuking Cain, and Lamech, armed with bow and arrow, killing Cain. Subsidiary scenes in four medallions and two semi-circular compartments incorporated into the frame contain six related scenes (clockwise from top left): God with scroll inscribed IN SUDORE [VULTUS TUI] VESCERIS [PANE] rebuking Adam whose scroll reads MULIER DEDIT; God with scroll inscribed IN DOLORE [PARIES] and T[ER]RA[M] COMEDIS rebuking Eve and the serpent; Eve seated in dejection; unidentified figure, possibly Enoch, with blank scroll; Seth, holding scroll inscribed SET; Adam seated in dejection.

Notes

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Sydney Cockerell in 1920 for Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 7 June 1932, lot 11; withdrawn before the sale at Sydney Cockerell’s initiative and purchased for the Museum by the National Art Collections Fund in 1932

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 193 mm
Width: 130 mm

Relative size of this object

13 m19.3 m What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Oxford ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

13th Century
1230 - 1250

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Pigments
Ink
Gold

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment Frame Height 183 mm Width 123 mm
Leaf Height 363 mm Width 264 mm

Techniques used in production

Illumination

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 330.ii
Primary reference Number: 209486
Project ID: 3491
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 1 November 2016 Updated: Thursday 17 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 28 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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