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Detailed record for Egerton 745

Title Life of Eustace and other saints, and a collection of moral treatises
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date 1st half of the 14th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Attributed to the Maubeuge painter (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fr. 10132), a collaborator of the Sub-Fauvel Master (ff. 25, 27v, 28v, 30v, 33, 33v, 35v, 36v, 38v, 39v, 73, 78v, 91, 213v), and two other painters (A: Life of St Eustace, ff. 1-9, and Life of St Denis, ff. 41-72v; B: 131, 199v, 207) (see Stones 1998).
Decoration 9 full-page miniatures, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 2, 3v, 4, 5v, 6, 7v, 8v, 9). Small column-wide miniatures, in colours and gold (ff. 25 (x2), 27v, 28v, 30v, 33, 33v, 35v, 36v, 38v, 42 (x2), 42v (x2), 43v (x2), 47 (x2), 47v (x2), 48v (x2), 49v (x2), 52, 55v (x2), 56v (x2), 63, 66 (x2), 67 (x2), 67v, 68 (x2), 69, 73, 78, 81v, 91, 131, 199v, 207, 213v). Small double-column-wide miniatures, in colours and gold (ff. 44v, 45, 46, 50, 50v, 51, 51v, 52, 53, 53v, 54, 54v, 57, 57v, 58, 59v, 61v, 62, 62v, 63v, 64v, 65); offsets of missing miniatures on ff. 24v and 41. Large and small initials in gold on red and blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 235 x 175 (175 x 120) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 232 (+ 1 blank leaf after f. 24; + 1 unfoliated original flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 18th(?)-century green velvet.
Provenance Gui III de Châtillon (b. c. 1265, d. 1317), or his son Jean (d. 1344), Counts of St Pol: knight kneeling before the Virgin wearing the arms of the Counts of St Pol, followed by an initial including the arms (f. 33).
Bought by the British Museum from Thomas Thorpe, bookseller, 17 June 1839 (note on 1st flyleaf), using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Select bibliography List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), Eg. no. 745.

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,

H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), II (1893), pp. 137-39.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 11.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (London: British Library 1997), no. 76.

Alison Stones, 'The Stylistic Context of the Roman de Fauvel, with a Note on Fauvain', in Fauvel Studies: Allegory, Chronicle, Music, and Image in Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, MS français 146, ed. by Margaret Bent and Andrew Wathey (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), 529-67 (pp. 546, 559).

Deirdre Jackson, Marvellous to Behold: Miracles in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2007), pl. 20.


Images
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Baptism of Eustace

f. 1
Baptism of Eustace
Eustace with a dog and a lion

f. 2
Eustace with a dog and a lion
Eustace addressing riders

f. 3v
Eustace addressing riders
 
Eustace before a king

f. 4
Eustace before a king
Battle

f. 5v
Battle
Miniature.

f. 6
Miniature.
 
Miniature.

f. 7v
Miniature.
Miniature.

f. 8v
Miniature.


f. 9
 


f. 24v


f. 25


f. 27v
 


f. 28v


f. 30v
Miniature of a knight praying to the Virgin and Child.

f. 33
Miniature of a knight praying to the Virgin and Child.
 
Detail

f. 33
Detail
Miniature of a saint preaching.

f. 33v
Miniature of a saint preaching.


f. 33v
 
Miniature of a saint preaching.

f. 35v
Miniature of a saint preaching.


f. 35v
Detail of a miniature of a saint preaching.

f. 36v
Detail of a miniature of a saint preaching.
 


f. 36v
Miniature of a woman giving bread to the poor.

f. 38v
Miniature of a woman giving bread to the poor.


f. 38v
 
Text page with illuminated initials.

f. 39v
Text page with illuminated initials.


f. 42


f. 42v
 


f. 43v


f. 44v


f. 45
 
Detail of a miniature of a bishop preaching.

f. 46
Detail of a miniature of a bishop preaching.


f. 46


f. 47
 
Detail of a miniature of a bishop preaching.

f. 47v
Detail of a miniature of a bishop preaching.


f. 47v


f. 48v
 


f. 49v


f. 50


f. 50v
 


f. 51


f. 52


f. 53
 


f. 53v


f. 55v


f. 56v
 


f. 57


f. 57v


f. 58
 


f. 59v


f. 61v


f. 62
 


f. 62v


f. 63


f. 63v
 


f. 64v


f. 65


f. 66
 


f. 67


f. 67v


f. 68
 


f. 69
Martin of Vertou

f. 73
Martin of Vertou
Miniature of a monk teaching.

f. 78
Miniature of a monk teaching.
 
Gildas instructing a pupil

f. 78
Gildas instructing a pupil


f. 80
Miniature of standing men holding gloves.

f. 81v
Miniature of standing men holding gloves.
 


f. 81v
Edward the Confessor

f. 91
Edward the Confessor
Barlaam instructing Josaphat

f. 131
Barlaam instructing Josaphat
 


f. 199v


f. 207


f. 213v
 


f. 214v


f. 232v

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