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Detailed record for Additional 17864B

Title Cutting from a Sanctorale
Origin Italy, N. (Lombardy)
Date Last quarter of the 15th century or 1st quarter of the 16th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to the school of Giovan Pietro Birago (active Brescia 1470s, d. Milan after 1513).
Decoration Zoomorphic and historiated initial 'S' with the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, in colours and gold. From the beginning of the introit to the Mass for the feast of the Purification of the Virgin (February 2): "Suscepimus Deus misericordiam tuam in medio templi tui". The text on the reverse is: 'ulnas R[esponsorium] / avit et / e[st] ad il'.
Dimensions in mm 100 x 105
Official foliation Mounted cutting foliated as 'B'.
Form Parchment cutting in a double-sided window mount, kept in a box with two other cuttings.
Binding N/A
Provenance William Young Ottley (b. 1771, d. 1836), writer on art and collector: his sale, 11 May 1838, lot 15, bought by Jones for 1 10s.
?Jones: included in the sale of 'The Property of a Gentleman', 10 August 1849, lot 204: purchased by Joseph Lilly, London bookseller (traded 1831-68) on behalf of the British Museum for 15s: 'Lilly Sir F. M. [Madden's name erased] B. M.' inscribed by the lot in an annotated catalogue of the sale; note by Frederic Madden, inscribed on a sheet of paper enclosed with the cuttings: '17,864.a-c. / These three following miniatures once formed a portion of Mr Ottley's Collection, and were purchased at a sale at Sotheby's, 10 Aug. 1849. Lots 15.51.153 (numbers erased) / F.M.'.
Notes Italian cutting.
This cutting is boxed together with two other mounted cuttings as Add. 17864. To order this cutting in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 17864.
Select bibliography British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1848-1853 (London: British Museum, 1868), p. 60.

Mirella Levi D'Ancona, The Wildenstein Collection of Illuminations: the Lombard school (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1970), pp. 94, 133.


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