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Detailed record for Sloane 2468

Part 1 ff. 2-185 
Title Book of Hours, Use of Sarum (the 'Hours of the Umfray Family')
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date c. 1420
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to the Master of the Royal Alexander who is probably identical to the Harvard Hannibal Master (see Backhouse 2004).
Decoration 16 full-page miniatures, accompanied by large decorated initials and full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 32v, 51, 57v, 62v, 67v, 72v, 87, 115, 163, 180, 184); 1 miniature at the beginning of Compline in the Hours of the Virgin missing (after f. 79). Smaller decorated initials with foliate extensions into the inner margins, in colours and gold; all text pages with decorated initials with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold. Small initials and line-fillers in gold on red and blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 200 x 140 (100 x 65)
 
Part 2 188-239 
Title Psalms of the Passion, etc.
Origin England
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Scribe A different scribe than in the first part
Artists The English artist is imitating the French style of the first part; therefore this part was probably added slightly later.
Decoration 3 full-page miniatures, accompanied by large decorated initials, the third including a nun in prayer, and full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 188, 205, 227v). 14 large historiated initials, accompanied by partial foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 229v, 230v, 231v, 232, 233, 233v, 234, 234v, 235, 235v, 236, 236v, 237, 238). Smaller decorated initials with foliate extensions into the inner margins, in colours and gold; all text pages with decorated initials with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold. Small initials and line-fillers in gold on red and blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 200 x 140 (100 x 65)
 
Official foliation ff. 239 (+ 1 original leaf after f. 187; + 4 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Erased entries in the calendar commemorating the marriage of John and Eleanor Umfray in 1453 and the birth of their daughter Joan in the following year: 'Nata fuit Johanna primogenisa Johannis Umvray in ao r. r. h. sexti xxxiio' (f. 2), and 'Nupcie sacre fuerunt ůser Johannem Umfray et Alianorem uxorem eius in anno regis henrici sexti xxxano primo' (f. 5v).
Inscriptions in English, 15th-century (f. 1r-v).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes Added prayer in the first part by the scribe of the second part (ff. 185-187v).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 2268-2496 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 2468 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

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. 17.

Janet Backhouse, Books of Hours (London: British Library, 1985), p. 52, fig. 51.

Janet Backhouse, Illumination from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), fig. 4.


Images

Part  1   ff. 2-185
Book of Hours, Use of Sarum (the 'Hours of the Umfray Family')
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Annunciation

f. 22
Annunciation
Detail

f. 22
Detail
Visitation

f. 32v
Visitation
 
Detail

f. 32v
Detail
Nativity

f. 51
Nativity
Detail

f. 51
Detail
 
Requiem mass

ff. 114v-115
Requiem mass
Requiem mass

f. 115
Requiem mass
Burial

f. 163
Burial
 
Crucifixion

f. 227v
Crucifixion
Detail

f. 227v
Detail
Detail

f. 227v
Detail
 

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