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Detailed record for Additional 17739

Title Gospels
Origin France, N.W. (Jumièges)
Date First quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline Miniscule
Decoration Several decorated pages at the beginning of each Gospel, some with colour washes (ff. 17r-18v, 103r-v), others remain unfinished as ink drawings only (ff. 69r-v, 156v); they are decorated with interlace and are surmounted by angels. Evangelists portraits at the beginning of each Gospel (ff. 18, 69, 103, 156). Large initials with foliate decoration and birds, animals, and animal heads in ink with washes of blue, green, and red, at the beginning of prologues (ff. 9, 13v, 66v, 100v ), or in ink drawing only (f. 155v). Large initials in red, with green penwork decoration, or in green with red penwork decoration. Uncoloured decorated initials with interlace and zoomorphic features (ff. 155r-v). Small initials in green or red. Rubrics in green and red. Highlighting of initials in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 300 x 230 (220 x 145) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 194 ( + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form A parchment codex.
Binding Post-1600. Black leather over wooden boards; edges gilded.
Provenance ?The Benedictine abbey of Saint-Pierre, Jumièges, based on the style of the images (Dodwell, 'Un manuscrit enlumine de Jumièges' (1955)).
An added 14th-century verse from the Gospel of St Luke (Luke 16:7-9), written in a later, gothic script (f. 137r).
The Bercheny family, an Hungarian noble family, perhaps Ladislas Ignace de Bercheny (d. 1778), marshal of France: their early modern heraldic bookplate showing arms per pale, the Jerusalem cross, crest out of a ducal coronet a unicorn's head (f. I recto).
Thomas Rodd the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), bought for £90 by the British Museum through Rodd's executors with 8 other manuscripts, 9 June 1849.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk.manuscripts/.
The decoration of this manuscript resembles the style of wall-paintings in the churches of Clayton and Coombes, according to Dodwell, 'Une manuscrit emluminé de Jumièges' (1955), pp. 737-41. The decoration remains unfinished. Some of the Eusebian Canon tables are partially coloured with green ink, and include architectural columns. The columns are also decorated with zoomorphic or human figures. Each canon table is surmounted by Christ surrounded by angels.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1848-1853 (London: British Museum, 1868), p. 52.

H. H. Glunz, History of the Vulgate in England from Alcuin to Roger Bacon (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1933), no. 40.

C. R. Dodwell, 'Un manuscrit enluminé de Jumièges au British Museum', in Jumièges: Congrès scientifique du XIIIème centenaire, 2 (Rouen, 1955), pp. 737-41.

Hugo Buchthal and Francis Wormald, Miniature Painting in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1957), p. 15 n. 6.

M. W. Evans, Medieval Drawings (London: Hamlyn, 1969), no. 68.

J. J. G. Alexander, Norman Illumination at Mont St Michel 966-1100 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970), pp. 98 n. 4, 157, n. 3, 183 n. 1, pl. 19g.

Charles R. Dodwell, Painting in Europe: 800 to 1200 (London: Penguin Books, 1971), p. 88.

Hanns Swarzenski, Monuments of Romanesque Art: The Art of Church Treasures in North-Western Europe, 2nd edn (London: Faber and Faber, 1974), no. 85, figs 197, 198.

Elzbieta Temple, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts 900-1066, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 2 (London: Harvey Miller, 1976), fig. 50.

The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art 966-1066, ed. by Janet Backhouse, D. H. Turner, and Leslie Webster (London: British Museum, 1984), no. 262 [exhibition catalogue].

Richard Gameson, ‘’Hugo Pictor enlumineur normand’,Cahiers de civilization médiévale, 44 (2001), 121-38 (p. 127 ns 29, 34, figs 6, 8).

Michelle P. Brown, The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe (London: British Library, 2003), p. 268 n.

Richard Gameson, 'La Normandie et l'Angleterre au Xième siècle: Le témoignage des manuscrits', in La Normandie et l'Angleterre au Moyen A^ge: Colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle, 4-7 octobre 2001, ed by. Pierre Bouet and Véronique Gazeau (Caen: CRAHM, 2003), pp. 129-59 (pp. 143-44, fig. 7).

La France romane au temps des premiers Capétiens (987-1152): Paris, Musée du Louvre, 10 March-6 June 2005 (Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2005), no. 254 [with additional bibliography].

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scripture (London: British Library, 2007), p. 75, fig. 62.

Benjamin Pohl, Dudo of Saint-Quantin's Historia Normannorum: Tradition, Innovation and Memory (York: University of York Press, 2015), p. 196.


Images
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Canon table

f. 3
Canon table
Decorated initial

f. 9
Decorated initial
An angel slaying a dragon

f. 17
An angel slaying a dragon
 
The Virgin Mary, the Agnus Dei and Christ, surrounded by angels

f. 17v
The Virgin Mary, the Agnus Dei and Christ, surrounded by angels
Matthew the Evangelist

f. 18
Matthew the Evangelist
Decorated initial

f. 18v
Decorated initial
 
Mark (unfinished portrait)

f. 69
Mark (unfinished portrait)
Decorated initial (unfinished)

69v
Decorated initial (unfinished)
Luke with the Virgin and Christ

f. 103
Luke with the Virgin and Christ
 
Christ with  Martin and Nicholas

f. 103v
Christ with Martin and Nicholas

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