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Detailed record for Egerton 1894

Title Egerton Genesis Picture Book
Origin England, S.E. or N. (Norwich or Durham?)
Date 3rd quarter of the 14th century
Language French
Script Gothic, Gothic cursive
Artists Attributed to the Egerton Master [of Egerton 1894]
Decoration Full-page drawings on each folio, usually in four compartments, in ink, and either with colour washes or unfinished, with short captions in French. Small initials in blue with red penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 185
Official foliation ff. 20 ( + 8 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 7 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooling; marbled end-papers.
Provenance Sold by Lowenstein Brothers of Frankfurt-am-Main on behalf of the Schönfeld Technological Museum of Vienna to Christie, Mason and Woods, 1860.
Purchased from Christie, Mason and Woods, 23 March 1860 as 'Vienna Museum', lot 1286, by the British Museum, using the Farnborough Fund (£3,000 bequeathed in 1838 by Charles Long, Baron Farnborough (b. 1761, d. 1838), a cousin of Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829), founder of the collection.
Notes Attributed by Joslin and Watson to Michiel van der Borch, a Flemish painter working in England.
ff. 10-13 are out of order.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1853-1875 (London: British Museum, 1877), no. Eg. 1894.

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 9.

Montague Rhodes James, Illustrations of the Book of Genesis, Being a Complete Reproduction in Facsimile of the Manuscript British Museum, Egerton 1894 (Oxford: Roxburghe Club, 1921).

[Eric G. Millar], British Museum Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series 4 (London: British Museum, 1928), pl. 28.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London, 1929), no. 17.

Eric G. Millar, 'The Egerton Genesis and the M.R. James Memorial Manuscript', Archaeologia, 87 (1938), 1-5, pl. 1.

Otto Pächt, 'A Giottesque Episode in English Illumination', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 6 (1943), 51-70 (pp. 57-70, pls 16a, 17a, 18a, 19a, 20c).

Francis Wormald, 'The Fitzwarin Psalter and its Allies', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 6 (1943), 71-77.

Joan Evans, English Art 1307-1461, Oxford History of English Art, 5 (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1949), pp. 16 n. 2, 95.

Eric G. Millar, 'Fresh Materials for the Study of English Illumination', in Studies in Art and Literature for Belle da Costa Greene, ed. by Dorothy Miner (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1954), pp. 286-94 (pp. 292-93, fig. 248).

George Henderson, 'Late Antique Influences in Some English Mediaeval Illustrations of Genesis', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 25 (1962), 172-198.

Loren MacKinney, Medical Illustrations in Medieval Manuscripts, Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 5, 2 parts bound together (London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1965), with Thomas Herndon, Part II, Medical Miniatures in Extant Manuscripts: A Checklist, no. 36, p. 136.

Margaret Rickert, Painting in Britain: the Middle Ages, 2nd edn (London: Penguin Books, 1965), p. 243 ns 8-9.

Illuminated Manuscripts Exhibited in the Grenville Library (London: British Museum, 1967), no. 26.

Francis Wormald, 'Bible Illustration in Medieval Manuscripts', in The Cambridge History of the Bible, 3 vols (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1963-1970), 2: The West from the Fathers to the Reformation, ed. by G. W. H. Lampe (1969), pp. 309-37 (pp. 319-20, 330).

M.W. Evans, Medieval Drawings (London, New York, Sydney and Toronto: Hamlyn, 1969), no. 108.

Hugo Buchthal, Historia Troiana: Studies in the History of Mediaeval Secular Illustration, Studies of the Warburg Institute, 32 (London: Warburg Institute, 1971), p. 66.

E. M. Kelly, ''Ludus Coventriae' Play 4 and Egerton Genesis', Notes and Queries, 19 (1972), 443-444.

Elisabeth Klemm, Ein romanischer Miniaturenzyklus aus dem Maasgebiet, Wiener Kunstgeschichtliche Forschungen, 2 (Vienna: Adolf Holzhausens, 1973), pp. 27-28, 34 n. 64, 37 n. 71, 38 n. 72, 69 n. 160; pls 33, 40, 47, 48, 66.

C. M. Kauffmann, The Bible in British Art: 10th to 20th Centuries, Victoria & Albert Museum, Exhibition September 1977-January 1978 ([n.p.]: Cowell, 1978), no. 19.

Richard Marks and Nigel Morgan The Golden Age of English Manuscript Painting 1200-1500 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1981), pp. 21-22.

Lynda Dennison, 'The Fitzwarin Psalter and its Allies': A Reappraisal', in England in the Fourteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1985 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by W. M. Ormrod (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1986), pp. 42-66 (pp. 43-44, 47, 48).

Lucy Freeman Sandler, Gothic Manuscripts 1285-1385, 2 vols, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 5 (London: Harvey Miller, 1986), I, no. 129.

Kurt Weitzmann and Herbert L. Kessler, The Cotton Genesis: British Library Codex Cotton Otho B.VI (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986), as 'EG').

The Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagent England 1200-1400, ed. by Jonathan Alexander and Paul Binski (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1987), pp. 218, 415, 501 [exhibition catalogue].

François Avril and Patricia Danz Stirnemann, Manuscrits enluminés d’origine insulaire VIIe-XXe siècle (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1987), p.162.

Francis Wormald, Collected Writings, ed. by J. J. G. Alexander, T. J. Brown, and Joan Gibbs, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1984-1988), II: Studies in English and Continental Art of the Later Middle Ages, pp. 19, 88, 91-93, 101-102, pl. 91.

Patricia Basing, Trades and Crafts in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1990), fig. 24.

John Lowden, 'Concerning the Cotton Genesis and Other Illustrated Manuscripts of Genesis', Gesta, 31 (1992), 40-53 (pp. 43-46, fig. 6).

James H. Morey, 'Peter Comestor, Biblical Paraphrase, and the Medieval Popular Bible', Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, (1993), 6-43 (p. 9 n. 14).

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), no. 104.

Ruth Mellinhoff, 'Sarah and Hagar: Laughter and Tears', Illuminating the Book: Makers and Interpreters, ed. by Michelle P. Brown and Scot McKendrick (London: British Library, 1998), pp. 35-49 (42, figs 7,8).

Mary Coker Joslin and Carolyn Coker Joslin Watson, The Egerton Genesis (London: British Library, 2001) [with additional bibligraphy and complete set of reproductions].

C. M. Kauffmann, Biblical Imagery in Medieval England 700-1500 (London: Harvey Miller, 2003), pp. 214, 220, 224-5, 227, 231, pls 168-170.

Kathryn A. Smith, Art, Identity and Devotion in Fourteenth-Century England: Three Women and their Books of Hours, (London: British Library, 2003), p. 149 n. 136.

Lucy Freeman Sandler, The Lichtenthal Psalter and the Manuscript Patronage of the Bohun Family (London: Harvey Miller, 2004), p. 157 ns 60, 64.

Michelle Brown, The Holkham Bible: A Facsimile (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 9-10, 14, pl.4.

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scripture (London: British Library, 2007), p. 137, fig. 124.

Sacred: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and their Sacred Texts (London: British Library, 2007), p. 153 [exhibition catalogue].

Joe Flatman, Ships and Shipping in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2009), pls 75, 76, 77.


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Creation

f. 1
Creation
Detail

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Detail
Creation

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Creation
 
Creation

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Creation
Creation

f. 1
Creation
Creation

f. 1v
Creation
 
Detail

f. 1v
Detail
Detail

f. 1v
Detail
Detail

f. 1v
Detail
 
Detail

f. 1v
Detail
Lamech

f. 2v
Lamech
Naamah

f. 2v
Naamah
 
Death of Cain, the Ark

f. 3
Death of Cain, the Ark
Noah

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Noah
The Ark

f. 4
The Ark
 
Ham

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Ham
Nimrod

f. 5
Nimrod
Tower of Babel

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Tower of Babel
 
God appearing to Abraham

f. 6v
God appearing to Abraham
Abraham and Lot

f. 8
Abraham and Lot
Sarah

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Sarah
 
Abraham

f. 11
Abraham
Abraham

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Abraham
Sodom

f. 11
Sodom
 
Hagar

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Hagar
Lot

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Lot
Jacob and Esau

f. 12v
Jacob and Esau
 


f. 14
Dinah

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Dinah

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