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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 33

Title Grande Chronique de Normandie
Origin Netherlands, S. (Brussels)
Date c. 1460 - 1468
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Attributed to a follower of the Girart Master, or of Dreux Jehan
Decoration 15 half-page miniatures, the first accompanied by a full foliate border, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 24v, 35v, 74, 88, 89, 101, 138v, 155v, 160v, 167, 176, 186, 213v, 244v). Large initials with monochrome grotesque and figural decoration, in colours and gold. Line-fillers, in colours and gold. Cadels.
Dimensions in mm 360 x 260 (220 x 155)
Official foliation ff. 257 (+ 1 parchment flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Limp vellum. France, 17th or 18th century.
Provenance Made for Philippe de Crèvecoeur, seigneur des Querdes (d. 1494) before 1468: his heraldic arms, without the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece, of which he became a member in 1468; his initials (ff. 1, 151).
Upside-down inscriptions, c. 1600: possibly 'Gurels…(?)', and 'Croniques de normandye' (ff. 72v, 257v).
Charles-Antoine de Bernard (d. 1818), marquis d'Avernes, in 1767, who lent it to two Benedictines of the name of Haudiquier, who were preparing vol. 11 of the Recueil des historiens des Gaules et de la France, stating on p. 320 that the Marquis inherited it from his ancestors; bequeathed to de Vauquelin (see below).
M. de Vauquelin des Chênes (d. 1850), Ailly: inscribed 'M. de Vauquelin a Ailly' (upper cover).
Ambroise Firmin Didot (b. 1790, d. 1876), publisher and book-collector: his book-plate 'Bibliotheca Ambrosii Firmini Didoti' (inside upper cover); in his catalogue 1878, vol. 1, no. 64; bought by Margand and Fatout (Paris booksellers) for £2040; sold to Toustain (see Yates Thompson Catalogue 1912 p. 42).
Comte de Toustain, Vaux-sur-Aure; bought by Quaritch, priced £1500 in his Catalogue 369 (September 1886), and again in his Catalogue 103 (April 1890).
M. Bordes, Bordeaux: his sale, Paris 1898 (see Yates Thompson Catalogue 1912 p. 42).
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed '[MS] xcviii / beya [i.e. £1034] / [bought from] Vente de / M. Bordu / Paris / April 1898' (inside upper cover).
Bequeathed to the British Museum by Mrs Henry Yates Thompson in 1941.
Notes The clothing suggest a date somewhere around 1465.
Select bibliography Alphonse Labitte, Les manuscrits et l'art de les orner: ouvrage historique et pratique illustré de 300 reproductions de miniatures, bordures et lettres ornées (Paris: Mendel, 1893), pp. 272-76, fig. 215.

A Descriptive Catalogue of Fourteen Illuminated Manuscripts (Nos. XCV to CVII and 79A) Completing the Hundred in the Library of Henry Yates Thompson (Cambridge: University Press, 1912), no. XCVIII pp. 41-44.

Illustrations from One Hundred Manuscripts in the Library of Henry Yates Thompson, 7 vols (London: Chiswick Press, 1907-18), VI: Consisting of Ninety Plates Illustrating Seventeen MSS. with Dates Ranging from the XIIIth to the XVIth Century (1916), pp. 31-34, pls. LXIII-LXXII.

Seymour de Ricci, Les Manuscrits de la Collection Henry Yates Thompson, Extrait du Bulletin de la Socie´te´ Franc¸aise de Reproductions de Manuscrits a` Peintures (Paris: [n. pub.], 1926), no. XCVIII p. 32.

F. Wormald, 'The Yates Thompson Manuscripts', The British Museum Quarterly 16 (1952), 4-6 (p. 6).

[L. M. J. Delaissé], La miniature flamande: le mécénat de Philippe le Bon (Brussels: Bibliothèque royale, 1959), p. 143.

Otto Pächt, Ulrike Jenni and Dagmar Thoss, Die illuminierten Handschriften und Inkunabeln der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Schrift- und Buchwesen des Mittelalters, 6 in 2 vols (Wien: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften,1983), I: Flämische Schule I: Textband, pp. 52, 73-74, figs. 39, 80, 82, 83.

Janet Backhouse, Pictures from the Past: Using and Abusing Medieval Manuscript Imagery, Medieval Research Centre: Text and Studies, 1 (Leicester: University of Leicester, 1997), p. 9, pl. 3.

Gilette Labory, 'Grande Chronique de Normandie' Revue d'histoire des textes 28 (1998), 183-233 (pp. 196-98).

Pamela Porter, Medieval Warfare in Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2000), p. 6-7.

Anne Hagopian Van Buren, ‘Dreux Jehan and the Grandes Heures of Philip the Bold’ 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. 1377-1414 (p. 1402 n. 66).

Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick, Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (Los Angeles: Getty Museum, 2003), no. 57 pp. 237-38.

Scot McKendrick Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), pl. 17.

Anne Hagopian Van Buren, 'Jean [Jehan], Dreux', in Grove Art Online (Oxford: University Press) [http://www.groveart.com/] [accessed 5 January 2006].


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Rebuilding of the Abbey of Fecamp

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Battle of Hastings

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William the Conqueror and William Rufus

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William the Conqueror and William Rufus
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Death of William Rufus

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