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Detailed record for Additional 71119F

Title Cutting from a service book
Origin Italy, N. (Lombardy)
Date c. 1450 - c. 1460
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Master of the Budapest Antiphonary (active in Lombardy, 1444 - c. 1450)
Decoration 1 historiated and foliate initial 'O' in colours and gold, of Clare of Assisi, probably introducing the words: 'O virginale lilium et paupertatis speculum Clara contemplationes seculum viam'. On the reverse four lines of partial text: 'atium. / quoniam / t d(omi)n(u)s San / d(omi)n(u)s eran'
Dimensions in mm 125 x 135
Official foliation Mounted parchment cutting, foliated as 'F'.
Form Parchment cutting in a double-sided window mount, kept in a box with other mounted cuttings.
Binding N/A
Provenance ?A Franciscan monastery: the gold on lower left is stamped 'v n e'? within an oval.
H. W. Campe (b. 1770, d. 1832), of Leipzig: inscribed on verso of original mount (Backhouse 1993).
Inscribed in pencil '£450' and 'No. 97' (on verso).
Miss Violeta Harris (b.1898, d.1989): apparently purchased by her soon after World War II through her brother, Tomás Harris, managing director of the Spanish Art Gallery in London.
Accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of inheritance tax from the estates of Miss Violeta Harris and her sister, Mrs Conchita Wolff, and allocated to the British Library through the National Art-Collections Fund in 1992.
Notes Italian cutting.
The present cutting is boxed together with Add. 71119A-E and G-K (no f. I). To see this cutting in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 71119.
Add. 18197, f. M was probably cut from the same Missal. Other related cuttings are Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Marlay Cuttings It 17; Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, ms. F 277 inf. 29; and Paris, Musée Marmottan, Wildenstein Collection, no. 3, all of which were possibly cut from the missing leaves of Budapest, National Library, Clmae 462, a Franciscan Antiphoner and the eponymous manuscript of the anonymous Master. The lack of musical notation on the verso of the present cutting and Add. 18197, f. M suggest that they were not cut from the Budapest Antiphonary.
Select bibliography Janet Backhouse, 'Early Renaissance Miniatures: Illuminations from the Collection of Violeta Harris', National Art-Collections Fund Annual Review 1992 (London: The Fund, 1993), pp. 18-22 (pp. 18, 20).


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