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Detailed record for Additional 18196, ff. 83 and 85

Title Cuttings from a choir book
Origin Italy, N. (Lombardy)
Date 1st decade of the 16th century
Artists Signed 'B' (f. 83). Attributed to Master B. F. (active c. 1490- c. 1545).
Decoration 2 historiated initials in colours and gold, of 'S' with the Entombment of Christ (f. 83) and 'N' with Olivetan Monks worshipping the Cross (f. 85). Two four-line red staves are visible through each.
Dimensions in mm 155 x 150 (f. 83); 170 x 170 (f. 85)
Official foliation Bound in an album of ff. i + 90. These cuttings foliated as Add. 18196, ff. 83 and 85.
Form Parchment cuttings mounted on card guards in an album of cuttings.
Binding Post-1600. Bound by Charles Lewis (b. 1786, d. 1836), London bookbinder, for the booksellers Payne and Foss. Gold tooled dark blue morocco with on the spine: 'Picturae / et / miniaturae / antiquae / saec. xiv.ad xvi / mus. brit. / iure emptionis / 18,196.'. Marbled paper, gilt edges.
Provenance Signed 'B' (f. 83).
The Olivetan monastery of Santi Angelo e Niccolò in Villanova Sillaro at Lodi, near Milan: probably cut from a volume or a set of originally twenty choir books (Levi D'Ancona, p. 99). One of the volumes, an Antiphoner containing the Common of the Saints, was sold at Sotheby's, London, 4 December 2007, lot 65.
William Young Ottley (b. 1771, d. 1836), writer on art and collector: his sale, 11 May 1838, lot 94 purchased by Tindall for 18s (f. 83) according to an annotated Western Manuscripts departmental copy of the sale catalogue.
Payne and Foss, London booksellers: their sale, 24 June 1850, lot 1087; purchased by Boone on the fourth day of the sale, 27 June.
William Boone, London bookseller trading 1815-1870: purchased by him for £18; purchased from Boone on the same day by the British Museum; inscribed by Frederic Madden 'Purchased at Payne and Foss's sale / at Sotheby's, 27th June 1850. / Lot 1087. / Formerly part of the collection / of W.Y. Ottley, Esq. dispersed / in 1838' (f. i).
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present cuttings are bound in an album with Add. 18196, ff. 2-82 and 86-90. To see these cuttings in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 18196, ff. 2-90.
Other cuttings from the same volume or set of choir books are Add. 37955B and Add. 39636, ff. 4, 9, 15-16, 19-27, 33-58; Bayonne, Musée Bonnat, leg. 1193 and 1194; Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, nos. 626, 1246, 4213, 4214, and 14610; Birmingham, City Museum and Art Gallery, 1962p46-64; Cambridge, University Library, Add. 4165 (17); Chambéry, Musée Savoisien, Anc. Inv. 3605 (41); Chantilly, Musée Condé, Divers V-348, V-350 and 351, VI-352; Florence, Museo del Bargello, no. 2066C; Lodi, Museo Diocesano d’Arte Sacra (see Miniature dell'Italia Settentironale nella Fondzione Giorgio Cini, ed. by Giordana Mariani Canova (Vicenza: Neri Pozza, 1978), cat. nos. 108a-d); London, Wallace Collection, M325-M326, and M333-M335; Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 104 (2009.51); Milan, Longari collection, (see Una Collezione di Miniature Italiane dal Duecento al Cinquecento, ed. by Filippo Todini (Mian: Studio Nella Longari, 1993), cat. nos. 14 and 15); Munich, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, inv. nos. 153 511-20; New York, The Morgan Library and Museum, M725 and M1090; Paris, Musée Marmottan, Wildenstein Collection (see Levi D'Ancona, cat. no. 24); Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E M 20:2-3, 24:10-11, 28:19, 72:11A and B, 76:49-54; Private collection, formerly New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection (see Pia Palladino, Treasures of a Lost Art: Italian Manuscript Painting of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003), cat. no. 70 and app. no. 14); Venice, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, n. 162; Venice, Museo Correr, CL. II. 61, 64 and 437; Windsor, Royal Library, RL O1414.
Musical notation.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1848-1853 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1868), p. 87.

Mirella Levi D'Ancona, The Wildenstein Collection of Illuminations: the Lombard School (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1970), pp. 97, 100, 133, 135 [f. 85 as f. 55] and 136.

J. J. G. Alexander, 'Italian Illuminated Manuscripts in British Collections', in La Miniatura Italiana tra Gotico e Rinascimento: atti del II Congresso di Storia della Miniatura Italiana, Cortona, 24-26 settembre 1982, ed. by Emanuela Sesti (Florence: Olschki, 1985), 99-126 (p. 110 n. 30), reprinted in Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), 22-54, 382-84 (p. 33 n. 30).

Iter Liturgicum Italicum, ed. by Giacomo Baroffio (Padua: CLEUP, 1999), p. 103.


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Entombment of Christ

f. 83
Entombment of Christ
Olivetan Monks worshipping the Cross

f. 85
Olivetan Monks worshipping the Cross

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