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Detailed record for Sloane 2321

Title Book of Hours ('The Entwisle Hours'), Use of Sarum
Origin England, Central (Oxford?) and France, N. (Rouen?)
Date c. 1440
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Related to the Master of the Munich Golden Legend.
Decoration 27 full-page miniatures, accompanied by large decorated initials on the following page, with full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 16, 32, 44v, 54, 56v, 58v, 61v, 63v, 66v, 79, 93v, 101v, 105v, 111v, 113v, 117v, 119v, 122, 125, 128, 131v, 132v, 135v, 140, 143v, 146, 148v). 1 large historiated initial with a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 33v). 1 large decorated initial with a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 24v). All text pages with three-sided foliate borders, in colours and gold. Large and smaller decorated initials, in colours and gold. Small initials and line-fillers in gold on red and blue grounds.
1 quire including the Annunciation (f. 41) and the Visitation (f. 45v) related to the Master of the Munich Golden Legend (ff. 40-47v), except the borders on one side of the second double leaf (f. 41v, 46) with the Annunciation on the other side, which suggests a direct collaboration between the two artists.
Dimensions in mm 190 x 140 (105 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 153 (+ 1 original leaf after f. 1, and 3 after f. 152; + 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance ? Sir Bertin Entwisle (d. 1455), and his wife Lucy, daughter of John Ashtan, whom Bertin married in 1437: arms (f. 41), and portrait of a lady (f. 125).
Inscribed 'Baronstad' (f. 153).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes Suffrage to Thomas crossed out (f. 51v).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 2268-2496 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 2321 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].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. 16.

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. 54).

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), II, 281, fig. 14.

Janet Backhouse, Illumination from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), fig. 1.

Gregory T. Clark, Art in a Time of War (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2016), p. 301.


Images
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Creation of Eve

ff. 15v-16
Creation of Eve
Annunciation

f. 41
Annunciation
Nativity

f. 54
Nativity
 
The Trinity

f. 101v
The Trinity
Crucifixion

f. 111v
Crucifixion
Resurrection

f. 113v
Resurrection
 
Trinity

ff. 119v-120
Trinity
The Trinity

f. 119v
The Trinity
Donor portrait

f. 125
Donor portrait
 
John the Baptist

f. 131v
John the Baptist
Peter

f. 132v
Peter
Stephen

f. 135v
Stephen
 

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