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Detailed record for Additional 21412, ff. 98-110

Title Cuttings from a Gospel Lectionary of Gregory XIII
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date c. 1572 - c. 1585
Language Latin
Artists A close follower of Giulio Clovio (Juraj Klovic) (b. Grizane, Croatia 1498, d. Rome, 3 January 1578).
Decoration 13 decorated borders in colours and gold, of arabesques, putti playing with birds and a dog (f. 102), architectural motifs (f. 103), a female figure in gold monchrome and the Buoncompagni family dragon device (f. 101), the inscription 'G. XIII' (f. 99) and the arms of Gregory XIII (ff. 98-100); floral motifs and medallions containing figures of the Evangelists in gold monochrome (f. 104), trompe l'oeil gems (f. 108), a Buoncompagni dragon device (ff. 105, 107), a papal tiara and an inscription 'G/ rego / rius / XIII' (f. 106). 2 decorated borders in colours and gold, of flowers, birds, and butterflies (ff. 109-110).
Dimensions in mm 370 x 45 (f. 98); 320 x 40 (f. 99); 350 x 40 (f. 100); 345 x 35 (f. 101); 350 x 40 (f. 102); 345 x 40 (f. 103); 350 x 40 (f. 104); 300 x 40 (f. 105; 350 x 40 (f. 106); 270 x 45 (f. 107); 270 x 40 (f. 108); 340 x 40 (f. 109); 350 x 40 (f. 110)
Official foliation Parchment cuttings in double-sided window mounts, foliated as '98'-'110'.
Form Parchment cuttings in double-sided window mounts, kept in a box with Add. 21412, ff. 90-97.
Binding N/A
Provenance Pope Gregory XIII (Boncompagni, r. 1572-1585), Italian pope and patron: his name, arms and dragon device (ff. 98-101, 105-107); probably excised from a Gospel Lectionary of Gregory XIII (A.I.17) described in a 1714 inventory of the Sistine Sacristy (Rome, Archivio di Stato, Camerale I, Vol. 1560, fasc. 24, ff. 265-302, transcribed in Emilia Anna Talamo, Codices Cantorum: Miniature e Disegni nei Codici della Capella Sistina (Florence: Officine del Novecento, 1998), pp. 216-22 (p. 218)).
Inscribed 'basso' and 'dritta' in a late 18th- or early 19th-century hand (ff. 107v and 100v, respectively).
Probably Luigi Celotti (b. 1759, d. 1843), Italian dealer: though not identifiable in his sales, 26 May 1825 and 3 May 1826.
William Young Ottley (b. 1771, d. 1836), writer on art and collector: according to the Rogers sale catalogue (see below) though not identifiable in his sale, 11 May 1838.
Samuel Rogers (b. 1763, d. 1855), poet: his sale, 28 April 1856, part of lot 1002, as from the collection of Ottley; purchased for £33 12s by the British Museum.
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present cuttings were formerly pasted into The Samuel Rogers Album and foliated as Add. 21412, ff. 46-50. In 1989 they were lifted from the album, remounted individually and stored in a box. Citations in publications often refer to their old folio number. To see these cutting in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 21412, ff. 90-110 [box 6]. To see the Samuel Rogers Album, which originally contained all the cuttings order Add. 21412, Old Covers.
Other cuttings from the same volume are Add. 35254K, N and P, Add. 49520; Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, 1982.438; New York, Brooklyn Museum, 11.499 and The Morgan Library and Museum, MS. 270; Philadelphia, Free library, Ms. 27:7; Texas, private collection (see Sandra Hindman and Michael Heinlen, 'A Connoisseur's Montage: The Four Evangelists Attributed to Giulio Clovio', Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, 17 (1991), 154-82).
Select bibliography British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the Years 1854-1860 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1875), pp. 377-78.

T. J. Brown, 'Some Manuscript Fragments Illuminated for Pope Greogry XIII', British Museum Quarterly, 23 (1960-1961), 2-5 (pp. 4-5) [as ff. 46-50].

Sandra Hindman and Michael Heinlen, 'A Connoisseur's Montage: The Four Evangelists Attributed to Giulio Clovio', Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, 17 (1991), 154-82, app. no. 10, figs. 7a-b and 8a-d [ff. 109-10 and 100, 102, 104, 106, respectively].

Sandra Hindman and others, Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age: Recovery and Reconstruction (Evanston, IL: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2001), pp. 65, 82 and 91 [exhibition catalogue].

Anne-Marie Eze, Abbé Luigi Celotti (1759-1843): Connoisseur, Dealer, and Collector of Illuminated Miniatures (unpublished doctoral thesis, London: Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, 2010).

Elena De Laurentiis and Emilia Anna Talamo, The Lost Manuscripts from the Sistine Chapel: an Epic Journey from Rome to Toledo (Madrid: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispa´nica; Dallas, Tex.: Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, 2010), pp. 138, 337.


Images
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Arms of Gregory XIII

f. 98
Arms of Gregory XIII
Arms of Gregory XIII

f. 99
Arms of Gregory XIII
Arms of Gregory XIII

f. 100
Arms of Gregory XIII
 
dritta

f. 100v
dritta
Buoncompagni family dragon device

f. 101
Buoncompagni family dragon device
Border

f. 102
Border
 
Border

f. 103
Border
Border

f. 104
Border
Border

f. 105
Border
 
Border

f. 106
Border
Buoncompagni dragon device

f. 107
Buoncompagni dragon device
basso

f. 107v
basso
 
Border

f. 108
Border
Border

f. 109
Border
Border

f. 110
Border
 

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