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Detailed record for Stowe 17

Title Book of Hours, Use of Maastricht ('The Maastricht Hours')
Origin Netherlands, S. (Liège)
Date 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin, with a calendar and final prayers in French
Script Gothic
Decoration 24 architectural, historiated borders for the calendar, in colours and gold (ff. 2v-13). 16 full-page miniatures, usually with roundels in the corners, in colours and gold (ff. 13v, 14v, 15v, 16v, 17v, 52v, 71v, 88v, 98v, 107v, 116v, 130v, 139v, 157v, 187v, 255v). 11 large historiated initials, accompanied by partial architectural, historiated borders, in colours and gold (ff. 18, 53, 72, 89, 99, 108, 117, 131, 140, 188, 256). Numerous smaller inhabited initials, in colours and gold. All pages with partial borders and/or figural, grotesque or biblical decoration. Small initials in gold with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 95 x 70 (50 x 30)
Official foliation ff. 273 (+ 6 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 6 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Blind-tooled blue leather.
Provenance Probably made for an aristocratic woman, who may be represented kneeling, wearing a vair-lined cloak, at several places in the manuscript (ff. 18, 130v, 140, 157v, 256).
Traces of pilgrim badges (f. 1).
Inscribed, 15th century: 'Ad. fr. Albertus(?)' (f. 7).
Erased inscription, 15th-century(?) (f. 16).
Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1776, d. 1839), 1st duke of Buckingham and Chandos, of Stowe House, near Buckingham: inscribed with the press-mark 'Press 3 no. 13' (f. 1), corresponding to his catalogue (O'Conor 1818-1819).
Richard Plantagenet Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1797, d. 1861), 2nd duke of Buckingham and Chandos; sold in 1849 to Lord Ashburnham.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham, of Ashburnham Place, Sussex.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1840, d. 1913), 5th earl of Ashburnham: purchased by the British Museum from him together with 1084 other Stowe manuscripts in 1883.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Possible instruction to artist in minute script at the top of f. 10.
Select bibliography Charles O'Conor, Bibliotheca Ms. Stowensis: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Stowe Library, 2 vols (Buckingham: Seeley, 1818-1819), II, 10.

Catalogue of the Stowe Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1895-1896), I, no. 17.

[George Warner], Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series I, (London: British Museum, 1907), pl. 35.

J. A. Herbert, Illuminated Manuscripts (London: Methuen, 1911), p. 205, pl. xxxviii.

[J. A. Herbert], British Museum: Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series 1, 3rd edn (London: British Museum, 1923), pl. 35.

[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. 73.

Joan Evans, English Art 1307-1461, Oxford History of English Art, 5 (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1949), p. 9 n. 1.

Horst Woldemar Janson, Apes and Ape Lore in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (London: Warburg Institute, 1952), pp. 67 n. 104, 158 n. 5, 173, 188-94 n. 14, n. 25, n. 32, n. 49, n. 51, n. 60, n. 62, n. 67, 197 n. 98, n. 101, n. 135.

Margaret Rickert, Painting in Britain: the Middle Ages, 2nd edn (London: Penguin Books, 1965), pp. 145, 205.

Lilian M. C. Randall, Images in the Margins of Gothic Manuscripts (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1966), p. 37, pls V.14-15, CVI.509, CXXXIV.638.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Manuscript (Oxford: Phaidon, 1979), pl. 38.

Brunsdon Yapp, Birds in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British LIbrary, 1981), p. 17.

Janet Backhouse, Books of Hours (London: British Library, 1985), fig. 40.

Judith H. Oliver, Gothic Manuscript Illumination in the Diocese of Liège (c. 1250 - c. 1330), Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts from the Low Countries, 2-3, 2 vols (Leuven: Uitgverij Peeters, 1988), I, pp. 28, 29 n. 1, 30, 30 n. 67, and passim; II, no. 23, pp. 212-13, 225-27, 229-38, and passim.

Michelle Brown, A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 (London: The British Library, 1990), pl. 30.

Alison Stones, 'Indications écrites et modèles picturaux, guides aux peintres de manuscrits enluminés aux environs de 1300', in Artistes, artisans et production artistique au Moyen Age: Colloque international, ed. by. Xavier Barral i Altet, 3 vols (Paris: Picard, 1986-90), III: Fabrication et consommation de l'oeuvre, pp. 321-49 (p. 326).

Lilian M. C. Randall, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery, 3 vols (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989-1997), III: Belgium, 1250-1530, 2 parts, I, no. 220.

Michael Camille, Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art (London: Reaktion, 1992), pl. 53.

Pamela Porter, Medieval Warfare in Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2000), p. 51.

Nicolas Bell, Music in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2001), p. 57.

Mary Coker Joslin and Carolyn Coker Joslin Watson, The Egerton Genesis (London: British Library, 2001), pp. 173, 178, 229, 246.

Alixe Bovey, Monsters and Grotesques in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2002), p. 53, pl. 45.

Medieval Mastery: Book Illumination from Charlemagne to Charles the Bold 800-1475 (Leuven: Brepols, 2002), no. 51 [exhibition catalogue].

Sophie Page, Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2002), pp. 37, 40, 59.

Justin Clegg, The Medieval Church in Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2003), p. 21 pl. 17.

Pamela Porter, Courtly Love in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2003), pp. 37, 40, 59.

Janet Backhouse, Illumination from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), fig. 95.

Deirdre Jackson, 'The Influence of the Theophilus Legend: An Overlooked Miniature in Alfonso X's Cantigas de Santa Maria and its Wider Context', in Under the Influence: The Concept of Influence and the Study of Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. by John Lowden and Alixe Bovey (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), pp. 75-87 (p. 81, fig. 3).

Deirdre Jackson, Marvellous to Behold: Miracles in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2007), pl. 35.

Marianne Besseyre and Marie-Thérèse Gousset, L'Apocalypse 1313 (Barcelona: Molieiro, 2008), p. 37.

The Medieval Bestiary: Animals in the Middle Ages, ed. by David Badke, [http://bestiary.ca/manuscripts/manulocshelf.htm] [accessed 14 August 2009].
Last revised: 22 October 2001


Images
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May

f. 7
May
September

f. 10
September
Saints

f. 14v
Saints
 
Man

f. 19
Man
Figures

f. 29v
Figures
Dancing

f. 38
Dancing
 
Dancing

f. 38
Dancing
Mocking of Christ

f. 53
Mocking of Christ
Rabbit

f. 57
Rabbit
 
Fox preaching

f. 84
Fox preaching
Animals

f. 84
Animals
Disrobing of Christ

f. 89
Disrobing of Christ
 
Christ on the road to Calvary

f. 98v
Christ on the road to Calvary
Game

f. 100v
Game
Musician and dancer

f. 112
Musician and dancer
 
Samson

f. 122v
Samson
Musicians

f. 129
Musicians
Board game

f. 141
Board game
 
Couple

f. 143
Couple
Monkey

f. 176
Monkey
Cat in a snail shell

f. 185
Cat in a snail shell
 
Woman

f. 205
Woman
Rabbit

f. 225v
Rabbit
Animals

f. 244
Animals
 
Theophilus

f. 255v
Theophilus
Massacre of the Innocents

ff. 261v-262
Massacre of the Innocents
King of Love

f. 273
King of Love
 

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