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Detailed record for Sloane 3049

Author Francisco de Ximenez
Title Livre des anges
Origin France, Central (Tours)
Date c. 1480
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists In the style of the artist influenced by Jean Fouquet working in a book of hours in Lisbon, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, ms. LA 135 (on this manuscript see Jean Fouquet: Peintre et enlumineur du XVe siècle, under the direction of François Avril (Paris: Hazan, 2003), no. 55 (fig. on p. 400 and p. 401)).
Decoration 5 half-page miniatures, accompanied by large decorated initials and full foliate borders, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the books (ff. 2, 13, 27v, 71, 115). Large and smaller decorated initials with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold. Small initials and paraph marks in gold on red and blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 330 x 240 (225 x 150)
Official foliation ff. 133 (+ 4 paper and 1 original flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 original and 4 flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Château d'Anet: its library mark (vol. 1), see Pierre Gandoin, Catalogue des Manuscrits trouvéz après le décès de Madame la Princesse, dans son château royal d'Anet (Paris, 1724).
Inscribed different numbers 'no. 43', '3049', and 'XXXI D', crossed out in pencil and corrected 'XXVIII D' (5th flyleaf).
Inscribed 'Ms. A 609' (f. 1, crossed out).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector: inscribed 'Bibliotheca Sloaniano Min: 138' (5th flyleaf).
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes The miniature with Michael fighting the dragon (f. 115) is derived from a flemish model of Lievin van Lathem used in the Prayerbook of Charles the Bold (Los Angeles, Getty Museum, MS 37), which was soon used in France, e.g. by the Master of the Echevinage de Rouen.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 2907-3104 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 3049 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

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.


Images
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Initial 'A'.

f. 1
Initial 'A'.
God the Father and angels

f. 2
God the Father and angels
Detail

f. 2
Detail
 
Miniature of God the Father with angels.

f. 13
Miniature of God the Father with angels.
Miniature of a man with a guardian angel and a devil

f. 27
Miniature of a man with a guardian angel and a devil
Detail of a head of a man

f. 27v
Detail of a head of a man
 
Detail of initial 'M' and border.

f. 63v
Detail of initial 'M' and border.
Creation of good and bad angels

f. 71
Creation of good and bad angels
Detail

f. 71
Detail
 
Detail of initial 'U' and border.

f. 95v
Detail of initial 'U' and border.
Michael fighting the dragon

f. 115
Michael fighting the dragon
Detail

f. 115
Detail
 
Miniature of Michael slaying the dragon.

f. 115
Miniature of Michael slaying the dragon.
Detail of initial 'S' and border.

f. 117v
Detail of initial 'S' and border.
Detail of initial 'A' and border.

f. 120v
Detail of initial 'A' and border.
 

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