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Detailed record for Harley 7026

Part 1 ff. 4-20v 
Title Lectionary, imperfect (the 'Lovell Lectionary')
Origin England, S. (probably Glastonbury)
Date between c. 1400 and c. 1410
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists John Siferwas
Decoration Large miniature in colours of the patron, Lord Lovell (f. 4v). Smaller miniatures or historiated initials with full inhabited borders, including heraldry, animals, angels, saints, busts, and men or hybrids, in colours and gold (ff. 5, 6, 7v, 9v, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20). Small miniatures in colours and gold, two with partial borders (ff. 7, 8, 9). Large initials in colours and gold. Line-fillers in colours and gold.
Dimensions in mm 475 x 310 (290 x 190)
 
Part 2 ff. 21-22 
Title Pages from a Missal
Origin England, S. (probably London)
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials with foliate decoration and full borders in colours and gold (ff. 21, 22). Small initials in gold with penwork decoration and pen-flourishing in blue, or in blue with penwork decoration and pen-flourishing in red.
Dimensions in mm 440 x 295 (300 x 180) in two columns
 
Official foliation ff. 22 ( + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and many at the end + interleaved with unfoliated parchment leaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Made by John Siferwas, Dominican, limner: inscribed 'ffrater Johes Siferwas ? (f. 4v).
John (d. 1408), 5th Lord Lovell of Tichmersh (near Thrapston in Northamptonshire), married Maud de Holand (d. 1423): given as a gift to Salisbury Cathedral: his image with the inscription 'Orate pro anima domini iohannis lovell qui hunc librum orinavit ecclesie cathedrali Sarum pro speciali memoria sui et uxoris' (f. 4v); the Lovell arms and livery badge of a padlock throughout, identified in a 17th-century hand.
Glastonbury Abbey: added arms (f. 10).
? The cathedral church of St Mary, Salisbury: found and acquired by Hollard (inscription cited below).
Joseph Hollard, of the Inner Temple: inscription 'Manuscriptum hoc Aclesiae Cathedrali Sarum ordinavit Johannes Dominus Lovell, et obiit 9. Henrici 4. A[nn]o D[omi]ni 1408' and Invenit postea Josephus Holland de interiori Templo decimo quinto Die Junii A[nn]o D[omi]ni 1.6.0.0. et propter amorem et reverentiam Fundatoris preservari, procuravit' (f. 1), and family tree (ff. 1, 2v-3); inscription 'Joseph Holand. Decino Quinto Junii Anno Domini 1600' and further added family tree (f. 4); inscribed 'Jospehn Holand 1600' (f. 20v).
Thomas Granger (d. 1732): see Scott p. 64.
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.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Ff. 1-3 are paper leaves.
The name John Siferwas occurs in the Sherborne Missal with 'Illuminator': see Scoft 1996 p. 62.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 7026.

Christopher Wordsworth and Henry Littlehales, The Old Service-Books of the English Church, 2nd edn (London: Methuen & Co., 1910), p. 200, pl. XXII.

Schools of Illumination: Reproductions from Manuscripts in the British Museum, 6 vols (London: British Museum, 1914-1930), IV: English A.D. 1350 to 1400 (1922), pls 6,7.

[J. A. Herbert], British Museum: Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series 2, 3rd edn (London: British Museum, 1923), pl. 16.

[J. A. Herbert], Illuminated Manuscripts and Bindings of Manuscripts Exhibited in The Grenville Library, Guide to the Exhibited Manuscripts, 3 (Oxford: British Museum, 1923), no. 34.

Eric. G. Millar, English Illuminated Manuscripts of the XIVth and XVth Century (Paris: Van Oest, 1928), pl. 1.

Guide to an Exhibition of English Art gathered from Various Departments and held in the Prints and Drawings Gallery (London: British Museum, 1934.), no. 128.

Joan Evans, English Art 1307-1461, Oxford History of English Art, 5 (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1949), p. 98 n. 1.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 171.

Illuminated Manuscripts Exhibited in the Grenville Library (London, British Museum, 1967), no. 29.

Kathleen Scott, ‘Caveat Lector: Ownership and Standardization in the Illustration of Fifteenth-Century English Manuscripts’, in English Manuscript Studies, 1, ed. by Peter Beal and Jeremy Griffiths (London: British Library, 1989), 19-63 (p. 59 n. 51).

C. Paul Christianson, A Directory of London Stationers and Book Artisans 1300-1500 (New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1990), pp. 160-61.

Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Medieval Illuminators and their Methods of Work (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992), p. 30, fig. 45.

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. 10 [with additional bibliography].

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), no. 123.

Christopher de Hamel, The British Library Guide to Manuscript Illumination: History and Techniques (London: British Library, 2001), pl. 37.

Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547, ed. by Richard Marks and Paul Williamson (London: V & A Publications, 2003), no. 254, pl. 4 [exhibition catalogue].

Justin Clegg, The Medieval Church in Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2003), p. 35, pl. 29.

Matthew Boyd Goldie, Middle English Literature (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003), p. 134.

Debra Higgs Strickland, Saracens, Demons, & Jews: Making Monsters in Medieval Art (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003), p. 116, fig. 47.

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 n. 33).


Images

Part  1   ff. 4-20v
Lectionary, imperfect (the 'Lovell Lectionary')
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Genealogy of the Holland family

f. 4
Genealogy of the Holland family
Genealogy of the Holland family

f. 4
Genealogy of the Holland family
Lord Lovell

f. 4v
Lord Lovell
 
Caesar

f. 5
Caesar
Angels

f. 5
Angels
Caesar Augustus

f. 5
Caesar Augustus
 
Adoration of the Shepherds

f. 6
Adoration of the Shepherds
Adoration of the Shepherds

f. 6
Adoration of the Shepherds
Annunciation to Joseph

f. 7
Annunciation to Joseph
 
Adoration of the Magi

f. 7v
Adoration of the Magi
Adoration of the Magi

f. 7v
Adoration of the Magi
Lovell and Holland arms

f. 8
Lovell and Holland arms
 
Lovell and Holland arms

f. 8
Lovell and Holland arms
Supper at Emmaus

f. 9
Supper at Emmaus
Supper at Emmaus

f. 9
Supper at Emmaus
 
Supper at Emmaus

f. 9
Supper at Emmaus
Resurrection of Christ

f. 9v
Resurrection of Christ
Resurrection of Christ

f. 9v
Resurrection of Christ
 
Christ appearing before Apostles

f. 10
Christ appearing before Apostles
Christ appearing before Apostles

f. 10
Christ appearing before Apostles
Heraldry

f. 10
Heraldry
 
John the Evangelist

f. 11
John the Evangelist
John the Evangelist

f. 11
John the Evangelist
Holy Trinity Priory

f. 11
Holy Trinity Priory
 
Text page

f. 11v
Text page
Presentation in the Temple

f. 12
Presentation in the Temple
Presentation in the Temple

f. 12
Presentation in the Temple
 
Corpus Christi procession

f. 13
Corpus Christi procession
Corpus Christi procession

f. 13
Corpus Christi procession
Desecration of the host

f. 13
Desecration of the host
 
Desecration of the host

f. 13
Desecration of the host
Life of the Virgin

f. 14
Life of the Virgin
Coronation of the Virgin

f. 14
Coronation of the Virgin
 
Coronation of the Virgin

f. 14
Coronation of the Virgin
Angel

f. 15
Angel
Virgin and All Saints

f. 15
Virgin and All Saints
 
Virgin and All Saints

f. 15
Virgin and All Saints
Ascension

f. 16
Ascension
Bird of prey

f. 16
Bird of prey
 
Ascension

f. 16
Ascension
Nativity of the Virgin

f. 17
Nativity of the Virgin
Nativity of the Virgin

f. 17
Nativity of the Virgin
 


f. 18


f. 18
Nativity of John the Baptist

f. 19
Nativity of John the Baptist
 
Nativity of John the Baptist

f. 19
Nativity of John the Baptist
Entry into Jerusalem

f. 20
Entry into Jerusalem
Entry into Jerusalem

f. 20
Entry into Jerusalem
 

Part  2   ff. 21-22
Pages from a Missal
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Illuminated initial

f. 21
Illuminated initial
Illuminated initial

f. 21
Illuminated initial
Illuminated initial

f. 22
Illuminated initial
 

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