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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 29, f. 132

Title Martyrdom of Sebastian
Origin Italy, N. (Bologna)
Date c. 1500
Language N/A
Script N/A
Artists Signed by Pietro de Cristoforo Vannucci 'PETRVS PRVSINVS PINXIT', known as Perugino (b. c. 1450, d. c. 1523).
Decoration 1 full-page miniature with a full border, in colours and gold.
Dimensions in mm 185 x 135
Official foliation f. 1 (originally f. 132 of Yates Thompson 29)
Form Parchment leaf
Binding N/A
Provenance A member of the Bolognese Ghislieri family, probably Bonaparte Ghislieri (d. 1541), a senator of Bologna, c. 1500 (see Yates Thompson 29).
Bought from the heirs of Cardinal Albani by James Dennistoun in c. 1838.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham; his Appendix Ms. 63; bought from James Dennistoun, for £735, 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. LXIII May 1897' (see Yates Thompson 29).
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed '[MS] XCIII / reee.e.e [i.e. £2000.0.0] / [bought from the] Earl of / Ashburnham / 8 May 1897' (see Yates Thompson 29); in his sale, 1 May 1899, lot 70, bought by Quaritch (London bookseller) on behalf of Rahir (Paris bookseller) for £467, but returned to the Thompson collection.
Bequeathed to the British Museum by Mrs Henry Yates Thompson in 1941.
Notes This leaf is kept separately from Yates Thompson 29 where it was f. 132.
Select bibliography A Descriptive Catalogue of Twenty Illuminated Manuscripts, Nos. LXXV to XCIV (Replacing Twenty Discarded from the Original Hundred) in the Collection of Henry Yates Thompson (Cambridge: University Press, 1907), no. XCIII pp. 145-52.

A. Serafini, ‘Ricerche sulla miniatura umbra (secoli XIV-XVI): La scuola peruginesca’, L’Arte, 15 (1912), 237-38.

A. Venturi, Storia dell’arte italiana: La pittura del quattrocento (Milan: [n. pub.], 1914), VII, pp. 1012-13.

Illustrations from One Hundred Manuscripts in the Library of Henry Yates Thompson, 7 vols (London: Chiswick Press, 1907-18), VI: Consisting of Ninety Plates Illustrating Seventeen MSS. with Dates Ranging from the XIIIth to the XVIth Century (1916), pp. 36-42, pls LXXIX-LXXXVIII.

Paolo d’Ancona, La miniature italienne du Xe au XVIe siècle (Paris, Brussel: Librairie nationale d'art et d'histoire, 1925), pp. 73, 88, pls LXVIII, LXXXV.

Fiorenzo Canuti, Il Perugino, 2 vols (Siena: [n. pub.], 1931), II, p. 333 n. 56.

J. Wardrop, ‘Pierantonio Sallando and Girolamo Pagliorolo, Scribes to Giovanni II Bentivoglio’, Signature, 2 (1946), pp. 15-16, 28, fig. 14.

Francis Wormald, 'The Yates Thompson Manuscripts', The British Museum Quarterly 16 (1952), 4-6 (p. 6).

Phyllis Pray Bober, Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini: Sketchbooks in the British Museum (London: Warburg Institute, 1957), p. 36, fig. 135 pl. 58.

Mario Salmi, Italian Miniatures (London: Collins, 1957), pp. 57, 64.

Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols (Florence: [n. pub.], 1960) II, pp. 57, 81.

[Derek Howard Turner], Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series V: Fifty Plates (London: British Museum, 1965), nos. XLV, XLVI pp. 23-24, pls. XLV, XLVI.

[Derek Howard Turner], Illuminated Manuscripts Exhibited in the Grenville Library (London, British Museum, 1967), pp. 54-55.

J. J. G. Alexander and A. C. de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts in the Library of Major J. R. Abbey (London: Faber and Faber, 1969), p. 140.

Nicole Dacos, La découverte de la Domus Aurea et la formation des grotesques à la Renaissance (London: Warburg Institute, Leiden: Brill, 1969), pp. 40, 82 n. 2.

A. N. L. Munby, Connoisseurs and Medieval Miniatures 1750-1850 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), p. 125.

J. J. G. Alexander, Italian Renaissance Illuminations (London: Chatto & Windus, 1977), pp. 116-17, pls. 38-39.

Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts: Treasures from the British Library, ed. by Thomas Kren (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1983), pp. X, 7, 93, no. 16 pp. 123-25, pls XIX-XXI.

P. Tosetti Grandi, ‘Lorenzo Costa miniatore’, in La miniatura italiana tra gotico e rinascimento: Atti del II Congresso di storia della miniatura italiana, Cortona, 1982, ed. by E. Sesti, 2 vols (Florence: Olschki, 1985), I, pp. 334-42, 351-52.

Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, 2 vols, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), II, pl. 752.

The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illumination 1450-1550, ed. by Jonathan J. G. Alexander (London: Prestel, 1994), pp. 16, 32, no. 117 pp. 222-23.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (London: British Library, 1997), no. 200 p. 225.

Jonathan Alexander, 'Italian Illuminated Manuscripts from the Fourteen to the Sixteenth Centuries in British Collections' in Alexander, Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), pp. 22-54 (p. 35).

Alixe Bovey, Monsters and Grotesques in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2002), p. 44, fig. 36.

The Inventory of H. P. Kraus, Sotheby's, New York, 4-5 December, 2003, p. 505.

Janet Backhouse, Illumination from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), pl. 127.

Hugo Chapman, Tom Henry, and Carol Plazzotta, Raphael: From Urbino to Rome (London: National Gallery, 2004), no. 9 pp. 84-85.

Greg Buzwell, Saints in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2005), p. 23.


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