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Obit Of John Alburgh, In The Calendar Of The Caesar Master Hours

Obit Of John Alburgh, In The Calendar Of The Caesar Master Hours

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1460

Shelfmark: Additional MS 62523

Item number: f.6r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

An illuminator of uncertain origin, who decorated a manuscript of the works of Julius Caesar and is therefore known to art historians as the 'Caesar Master', was the artist of this Book of Hours. Several manuscripts decorated by the artist have been identified: they allow us to deduce that he worked in the middle decades of the 15th century, for clients associated mainly with London and Oxford. An inscription suggests that by 1475 this manuscript was owned by John Alburgh (probably from Alburgh, between Harleston in Norfolk, and Bungay in Suffolk) or one of his close friends or relations. This is the month of November in the calendar. A few lines from the bottom, at 27 Nov.), a rather untidy scribe has added the note 'John Alburgh died on this day in the year 1475' (the final numeral of the date is uncertain.)

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