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Detailed record for Harley 2934

Part 1 ff. 2v-191 
Title Book of Hours, Use of Troyes
Origin France, N. E. (Troyes)
Date c. 1410
Language Latin, with some French
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to the workshop of the Master of the Rohan Hours (see Meiss 1967).
Decoration 24 small calendar miniatures, in colours and gold (ff. 3-14v). 10 full-page miniatures with small decorated initials for the Gospel Lessons and large inhabited initials in gold on red grounds for the Hours of the Virgin, the Penitential Psalms, the Hours of the Dead, the Hours of the Cross and the Hours of the Holy Ghost, and full foliate borders, some including small scenes related to the main image, in colours and gold (ff. 15, 17, 19, 21, 34, 46, 52, 57, 61v, 66v, 74, 82, 106, 154, 160); 1 miniature missing after f. 22 at the beginning of the Hours of the Virgin. All text pages with lateral bars and full foliate borders, in colours and gold. Small decorated initials (2 lines), in colours and gold. Small initials and line fillers in gold on red and blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 155 x 105 (70 x 45)
 
Part 2 f. 2v 
Title n/a
Origin France
Date 16th century
Language n/a
Script n/a
Decoration 1 armorial full-page miniature, in colours and gold.
Dimensions in mm 155 x 105
 
Official foliation ff. 195 (f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf; + 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 unfoliated original parchment (half excised) and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Harleian binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance Unidentified owner, 16th? century: added arms, de gueules à trois cloches d'or (ff. 2v, 82, 106, 154, 106).
Inscribed a name?, 16th century: 'Irenfine sse vout'(?) (f. 1).
Inscribed a valuation, 17th century: 'vaut 5 ff ou 6 ff' (f. 1v).
Added prayers in a 16th-century hand (ff. 80-81, 191-195v).
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, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley '18 die Januarij, A.D. 1723/4.' (f. 1). 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.
Notes Quaternion with the Gospel Lessons misbound, in the unusual order of Luke (ff. 15-16v), John (ff. 17-18v), Marc (ff. 19-20), and Matthew (ff. 21-22v).
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II, no. 2934.

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.

Millard Meiss, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Late XIV Century and the Patronage of the Duke, 2 vols (London: Thames and Hudson, 1967), p. 398 n. 98.

Millard Meiss, with Kathleen Morand and Edith W. Kirsch, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Boucicaut Master (London: Phaidon, 1968), p. 147 n. 35.

Millard Meiss, with Sharon Off Dunlap Smith and Elizabeth Home Beaton, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Limbourgs and Their Contemporaries, 2 vols (London: Thames and Hudson, 1974), I, p. 329, II, figs. 831-34, 837.

F. O. Büttner, ‘Ce sera moy: Realitätsgehalt und Rhetoric in Darstellungen der Toten- und Vergänglichkeitsikonographie des Studengebetbuchs, in ’Als Ich Can’: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers, ed. by Bert Cardon and others, 2 vols (Paris: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2002), pp. 243-315 (pl. 7).

Janet Backhouse, Illumination from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), fig. 24.


Images

Part  1   ff. 2v-191
Book of Hours, Use of Troyes
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Reaping

f. 8
Reaping
Luke

f. 15
Luke
John

f. 17
John
 
Mark

f. 19
Mark
Matthew

f. 21
Matthew
Illuminated initials

f. 26
Illuminated initials
 
Illuminated initials

f. 32
Illuminated initials
Visitation

f. 34
Visitation
Nativity

f. 46
Nativity
 
Illuminated initials

f. 48
Illuminated initials
Annunciation to the Shepherds

f. 52
Annunciation to the Shepherds
Adoration of the Magi

f. 57
Adoration of the Magi
 
Presentation in the Temple

f. 61v
Presentation in the Temple
Flight into Egypt

f. 66v
Flight into Egypt
Scything

f. 66v
Scything
 
Flight into Egypt

ff. 66v-67
Flight into Egypt
Coronation of the Virgin

f. 74
Coronation of the Virgin
David penitent

f. 82
David penitent
 
Miniature of a naked corpse next to an open coffin, with ...

f. 106
Miniature of a naked corpse next to an open coffin, with ...
Crucifixion

f. 154
Crucifixion
Pentecost

f. 160
Pentecost
 

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