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Detailed record for Additional 18197, ff. B-C

Title Cuttings from a choir book
Origin Italy, N. (Milan)
Date 1st decade of the 16th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to the Master of the Landriani Hours (active Milan c. 1490 - early 16th century).
Decoration 1 historiated initial 'P' in colours and gold, of the Adoration of the Shepherds (f. C), introducing the Introit to the third Mass for Christmas. On the reverse, two four-line red staves, musical notation and text '[almus]. Canta /...m novu[m] quia/'. 1 smaller historiated initial 'R' in colours and gold, of David (f. B). On the reverse, one four-line red stave, musical notation and text '…usti is'. 1 initial letter 'C' with yellow penwork decoration (f. C verso).
Dimensions in mm 80 x 90 (f. B); 140 x 155 (f. C)
Official foliation Parchment cuttings in double-sided window mounts, foliated as 'B' and 'C'.
Form Parchment cuttings in double-sided window mounts, kept in a box with other cuttings.
Binding N/A
Provenance ?A Franciscan monastery: monk of that Order in the Nativity (f. C).
Inscribed 'ff.16' (f. B verso).
William Young Ottley (b. 1771, d. 1836), writer on art and collector: his sale, 11 May 1838, possibly part of lots 123 (f. B) and 166 (f. C); purchased by Payne for 14s and £1 9s, respectively; inscribed by Frederic Madden on a sheet in box: '18,197.a-l / The eleven miniatures which follow were purchased / at the sale of Messrs. Payne & Foss at Sotheby's, 27th June 1850. / Lot 1088. They formerly, it is probable, belonged to / Mr W. Y. Ottley's Collection. / F. M.'.
Payne and Foss, London booksellers: their sale, 24 June 1850, lot 1088; purchased by Boone on the fourth day of the sale, 27 June.
William Boone, London bookseller trading 1815-1870: purchased by him for £4 16s; purchased from Boone on the same day by the British Museum.
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present cuttings are kept in a box with Add. 18197, ff. A, and D-F. To see these cuttings in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 18197, ff. A-F.
The illumination of Add. 38124 and 63493 has also been attributed to the Master of the Landriani Hours.
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. 100, 105 and 133. [f. B, attributed to Master B. F.]

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).

Cristina Quattrini, 'Il Maestro delle Ore Landriani, un miniatore del tempo di Ludovico il Moro', Libri & Documenti, 21 (1995), 14-27, p. 16, figs. 4 and 5.

Caroline Heid-Guillaume and Anne Ritz, Manuscrits Médiévaux de Chambéry: Textes et Enluminures (Paris: CNRS, 1998), p. 142 n. 13.

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

Cristina Quattrini, 'Maestro delle Ore Landriani', in Dizionario Biografico dei Miniatori Italiani: Secoli IX-XVI, ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Bonnard, 2004), pp. 574-75.

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f. B
Adoration of the Shepherds

f. C
Adoration of the Shepherds

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