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Detailed record for Harley 1957

Author Randle Holme, John Holme
Title Sketchbook and household ledger
Origin England, N. W. (Chester)
Date c. 1688-1692
Language English
Script Cursive
Artists Randle Holme and John Holme
Decoration 18 tinted drawings, 23 pen drawings and 15 pencil sketches.
Dimensions in mm 150 x 90
Official foliation ff. 56 (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end).
Collation Leaves are individually mounted or pasted onto modern paper leaves.
Form Paper codex.
Binding BM/BL in-house. 19th-century; marbled endleaves.
Provenance Randle Holme III (b. 1627, d. 1700), herald painter: his signature (ff. 8, 10, 13, 14).
John Holme, son of Randle III: his signature (ff. 9, 15, 16, 20, 24).
Many of the household notes are dated between 1688 and 1692 (ff. 18, 28, 37, 38, 48-49, 52, 53v)
? A member of the Holme family, Chester, arms painters and antiquaries: possibly acquired with other Holmes manuscripts by Robert Harley in 1710 through the mediation of Francis Gastrell, bishop of Chester.
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts.
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d. 1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 1957.

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