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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 15

Title Psalter and Hours, Use of Arras
Origin France, N. (Arras)
Date c. 1300
Language Latin, with some French
Script Gothic
Artists The manuscript belongs to a wider group attributed to a workshop active in Arras at the end of the 13th century (see Randall 1989, I, p. 144.
Decoration 24 small miniatures with astrological signs and activities of the months, in colours and gold, for the calendar (ff. 4v-16). 3 full-page miniatures, each divided into four compartments, in colours and gold, preceding the Psalter (ff. 17v, 18v, 19v); 1 probably missing after f. 17. 17 large historiated initials with three-sided borders, in colours and gold, for the psalms, litany and hours of the Virgin (ff. 20, 53v, 75v, 96, 117, 144, 169, 197, 269v, 284, 292v, 302v, 307v, 311, 314v, 318, 324v). Smaller decorated initials with extensions into the margins on which animals are perched, in colours and gold. Small initials in gold with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Line-fillers decorated in gold, red and blue.
Dimensions in mm 140 x 100 (80 x 55)
Official foliation ff. 330 (+ 4 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Collation i4-1 (1st leaf excised, probably blank; ff. 1-3), ii12+1 (13th leaf inserted; ff. 4-15), iii4-1 (2nd leaf excised after f. 17; ff. 17-19), iv-v8 (ff. 20-35), vi10 (ff. 36-45), vii-xxiii8 (ff. 46-181), xxiv10 (ff. 182-191), xxv6-1 (6th leaf excised after f. 196, probably blank; ff. 192-196), xxvi-xxxv8 (ff. 197-284), xxxvi6 (ff. 285-290), xxxvii-xlii8 (ff. 291-330).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Gold-tooled brown leather, c. 1575(?); gilt edges.
Provenance Calendar in French from diocese of Arras: St Vaast mentioned for all his feasts, sometimes in red letters.
Claude de Valgrand, 17th century: inscribed 'Claude de Valgrand' and 'Cosson' (2nd flyleaf [f. iii]).
Inscription: 'Empt. Biitt 1623', accompanied by illegible initials(?) (1st flyleaf [f. ii] and f. 1).
Inscription, 16th century: 'Amour par tout' (1st flyleaf [f. ii]) and 'Amour par tout / Par amour tout' (inside lower cover [f. viii]).
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham; his Appendix Ms. 28; bought from Rodd, 21 January 1847, for £31.10.0, according to the handwritten annotations in the BL Manuscript Department's copy of Catalogue of the Manuscripts at Ashburnham Place: Appendix (London: Hodgson, 1853).
Bertram Ashburnham, 5th earl of Ashburnham: his sale, May 1897, bought by Yates Thompson together with the entire Ashburnham Appendix: book-plate with an inscribed number 'From the Library of the Earl of Ashburnham Appendix no. XXVIII May 1897' (inside upper cover).
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed '[MS] 62 / £bse.e.e [i.e. £160.0.0] / [bought from the] Earl of / Ashburnham / May 1897' (inside upper cover).
Bequeathed to the British Museum in 1941 by Mrs Henry Yates Thompson.
Select bibliography A Descriptive Catalogue of the Second Series of Fifty Manuscripts (Nos. 51 to 100) in the Collection of Henry Yates Thompson (Cambridge: University Press, 1902), no. 62 pp. 92-95.

[D. H. Turner], Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series 5 (London: British Museum, 1965), pl. 16.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, 168 [rejected].

Lilian M. C. Randall and others, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery, 3 vols (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989-1997), I: France, 875-1420, p. 144.

Alison Stones, 'The Illustrated Chrétien Manuscripts and their Artistic Context', in Les manuscrits de Chrétien de Troyes, ed. by Keith Busby and others, 2 vols (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1993), I, 227-322 (p. 253 n. 104).

L'art au temps des rois maudits: Philippe le Bel et ses fils (1285-1328) (Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1998), p. 306.


Images
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Holy Week

f. 17v
Holy Week
Holy Week

f. 17v
Holy Week
Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem

f. 17v
Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
 
Last Supper

f. 17v
Last Supper
David

f. 20
David
David

f. 20
David
 
Grotesque

f. 20
Grotesque
Rabbit and Hound

f. 20
Rabbit and Hound
Illuminated initial

f. 27
Illuminated initial
 
Fool

f. 96
Fool
Fool

f. 96
Fool
Birds

f. 96
Birds
 
Illuminated initial

f. 97
Illuminated initial
Illuminated initial

f. 97
Illuminated initial

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