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Detailed record for Harley 2846

Title Book of Hours, Use of Sarum
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Master of the Gold Scrolls Group (see McKendrick 2003).
Decoration 9 full-page miniatures, followed by large historiated initials, with full foliate borders including birds and hybrid figures, in colours and gold (ff. 50v, 60v, 76v, 82v, 86v, 90v, 94v, 98v, 105v). 17 full-page miniatures, followed by large decorated initials, with full foliate borders including birds and hybrid figures, in colours and gold (ff. 14v, 23v, 28v, 31v, 33v, 36v, 38v, 40v, 42v, 44v, 46v, 48v, 118v, 124v, 152v, 181v, 201v); 1 full-page miniature probably missing before a large decorated initial with full foliate borders including a peacock, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the Psalter of the Passion (f. 198). 1 large historiated initial with full foliate borders including hybrid figures, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the Penitential Psalms (f. 132). 2 large decorated initials with three-sided foliate borders, in colours and gold, at the beginning of prayers (111v, 114). Small initials in gold on red and blue grounds. All pages heavily ruled with red double lines.
Dimensions in mm 115 x 85 (65 x 45)
Official foliation ff. 216 (+ 3 parchment flyleaves at the beginnning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold-tooled red leather; gilt edges; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Portrait of donor in the margin (f. 181v).
Includes a memoria to Chad, suggesting a connection with the diocese of Lichfield (see discussion Rogers 2002).
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: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II, no. 2846.

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. 16.

Nicolas Rogers, ‘Patrons and Purchasers: Evidence for the Original Owners of Books of Hours Produced in the Low Countries for the English Market’ 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. 1165-1181 (p. 1168).

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), fig. 9.

Janet Backhouse, Illuminations from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), no. 13.


Images
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Trinity

f. 23v
Trinity
John the Baptist

f. 28v
John the Baptist
Bishop

f. 31v
Bishop
 
George

f. 36v
George
Christopher

f. 38v
Christopher
Virgin and Child

f. 40v
Virgin and Child
 
Mary Magdalene

f. 42v
Mary Magdalene
Margaret

f. 48v
Margaret
Betrayal

f. 60v
Betrayal
 
Christ before Pilate

f. 76v
Christ before Pilate
Flagellation of Christ

f. 82v
Flagellation of Christ
Christ carrying the Cross

f. 86v
Christ carrying the Cross
 
Crucifixion

f. 90v
Crucifixion
Deposition

f. 94v
Deposition
Entombment of Christ

f. 98v
Entombment of Christ
 
Pieta

f. 124v
Pieta
Resurrection

f. 181v
Resurrection

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