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Detailed record for Sloane 1448A

Title Pattern, sketch, or model book
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language N/A
Script Gothic
Decoration Designs in ink for initials, borders, and alphabets. Initials A-U in brown or brown and purple ink, some with full borders with foliate forms and sometimes birds or knots, one zoomorphic (ff. 3v-16v, 20v). Sketches of the initial 'D' and borders, in brown ink (ff. 18-20, 21). Initials of letters of the alphabet A-Y (without J, U or W) in brown and purple, or in brown and black with foliate forms (ff. 21v-23, 24). Anthropomorphic initials of the letters of the alphabet A-Y (without J, U or W) (ff. 25-26). Added sketches and drawings.
Dimensions in mm 205 x 145
Official foliation ff. 31 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Mounted on paper guards.
Provenance Inscribed, 15th-century: 'Young' and monogram 'I H' with effaced text (f. 29v).
Inscribed several names, 16th-century: 'William Brome' (f. 3), 'Johannes', 'John & framyng', 'Richarde' (f. 4), 'Richardus Bowle' (ff. 8, 26v, 29), 'Thomas / Henry / William / Johannes / Martyno' (f. 23v), 'Robert Johnson' (f. 27v).
Inscribed, 17th-century(?): 'Ex dono Magistri Wade' (f. 29).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector: inscribed 'Bibliotheca Sloanianae. Min. 266', and Min. 152 [lined through] 266' (f. 3); inscribed 'Min. 266. A book of Alphabets, being chiefly great letters with flourishes, on vellum (f. 1v, on a pasted strip).
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes f. 2 is part of Sloane 901, and ff. 30-31 were one time used as covers for Sloane 1803. The three volumes were once bound together and were separated in 1892.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 1091-1598 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, 1873), no. 1448A [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

Janet Backhouse, 'An Illuminator's Sketchbook', The British Library Journal, 1 (1975), 3-14.

James Douglas Farquhar, Creation and Imitation: The Work of a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript Illuminator, Nova University Studies in the Humanities, 1 (Fort Lauderdale: Nova, 1976), p. 175 n. 5, pl. 23.

Sandra Hindman and James Douglas Farquhar, Pen to Press: Illustrated Manuscripts and Printed Books in the First Century of Printing (College Park: University of Maryland, 1977), pp. 71, 113.

Two East Anglian Picture Books : A Facsimile of the Helmingham Herbal and Bestiary and Bodleian Ms. Ashmole 1504, ed. by Nicholas Barker (London: The Roxburghe Club, 1988), p. 40.

Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Medieval Illuminators and their Methods of Work (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992), p. 175 n. 34.

S. P. Madigan, 'A Catalan Pattern Sheet in Milan', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 47 (1993), 26-36 (p. 31).

Robert W. Scheller, Exemplum: Model-Book Drawings and the Practice of Artistic Transmission in the Middle Ages (ca. 900 - ca. 1450) (Amsterdam: University Press, 1995), no. 23.

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), no. 90.

Christopher de Hamel, The British Library Guide to Manuscript Illumination: History and Techniques (London: British Library, 2001), pl. 61.

Kathleen L. Scott, 'The Decorated Letters of Two Cotton Manuscripts', in Tributes to Jonathan J. G. Alexander: The Making and Meaning of Illuminated Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts, Art & Architecture, ed. by Susan L'Engle and Gerald B. Guest (London: Harvey Miller, 2006), pp. 99-110 (p. 103).


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Designs for initials and borders

ff. 4v-5
Designs for initials and borders
Decorated initial

f. 4v
Decorated initial
Initial

f. 5
Initial
 
Designs for initials and borders

ff. 18v-19
Designs for initials and borders
Initial

f. 18v
Initial
Initial

f. 19
Initial
 
Designs for initials

ff. 21v-22
Designs for initials
Initials

f. 21v
Initials
Designs for initials

f. 22
Designs for initials
 
Designs

f. 25
Designs
Designs

ff. 25v-26
Designs
Designs

f. 25v
Designs
 
Designs

f. 26
Designs

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