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Some newly discovered miniatures by Simon Marmion and his workshop

Thomas Kren

Abstract

THE late D. H. Turner, Deputy Keeper in the British Library's Department of Manuscripts, besides having a deep interest in hturgical manuscripts, was also the inspiration for Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts: Treasures from the British Library. Opening in 1983 in Los Angeles and transferring subsequently to New York and London, the show celebrated the British Library's unparalleled collection of Flemish manuscripts along with its important French and Italian illumination of the period 1450-1575.^ During Derek Turner's stewardship of the collection of illuminated manuscripts, the Hours of William Lord Hastings, one of its greatest Flemish manuscripts, was bequeathed to the nation. He published it subsequently in facsimile.^ This study, dedicated to the memory of D. H. Turner, introduces a more recent addition to the Library's Flemish holdings (Add. MS. 71117; Plates I-IV, figs. 1-6). It is a rare and splendid series of eight hitherto unrecorded miniatures here ascribed to the celebrated painter and illuminator Simon Marmion and his workshop. As representative illumination from the first half of his career, the new leaves complement in particular the Huth Hours (Add. MS. 38126), a major book from the last decade of Marmion's life.

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