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Detailed record for Additional 35254K, N and P

Title Cuttings from a Gospel Lectionary of Gregory XIII
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date c. 1572 - c. 1585
Artists A close follower of Giulio Clovio (Juraj Klovic) (b. Grizane, Croatia 1498, d. Rome, 3 January 1578).
Decoration 2 full-page borders from detached leaves with the text excised in colours and gold, of arabesques and the seated figures of a pope, a cardinal, and two bishops, shrouded female figures, urns and floral motifs (f. K); and four 'female' masks and figures of the four Evangelists in cartouches (f. P). 2 miniatures in colours and gold of the Last Supper and Two Angels Adoring the Host, introducing the Mass for the feasts of Maundy Thursday and Corpus Christi, respectively (f. K). 5 decorated borders in colours and gold, of flowers, fruit, birds, butterflies and insects (f. N).
Dimensions in mm 345 x 260 (f. K); 80 x 80 (f. K, Angels Adoring the Host ); 75 x 80 (f. K, Last Supper); 350 x 40; 355 x 45; 350 x 35; 350 x 45; 340 x 40 (f. N, individual borders, left to right on mount); 360 x 270 (f. P)
Official foliation Parchment cuttings in window mounts, foliated as 'K', 'N' and 'P'.
Form Parchment cuttings kept in boxes with other cuttings and leaves.
Binding N/A
Provenance Pope Gregory XIII (Boncompagni, r. 1572-1585), Italian pope and patron: his name, arms and dragon device in Add. 21412, ff. 98-101 and 105-107 and other related miniatures (see Notes), all probably excised from a Gospel Lectionary (A.I.17) described in a 1714 inventory of the Sistine Sacristy (Rome, Archivio di Stato, Camerale I, Vol. 1560, fasc. 24, ff. 265-302, transcribed in Talamo 1998, pp. 216-22 (p. 218).
Luigi Celotti (b. 1759, d. 1843), Italian dealer: his sale, 26 May 1825, lots 88 (f. N) purchased for £9 by Samuel Rogers (b. 1763, d. 1855), poet; and 89 (f. P and New York, Brooklyn Museum, 11.499) purchased for £38 17s by Anthony Molteno (d. 1846), art collector and dealer; his sale, 3 May 1826, lot 19 (f. K). Inscribed in a nineteenth-century hand: 'This charming border exhibits the marvellous invention, excellent drawing, charming colours and exquisite finish for which the great illuminist "Giulio Clovio" is so celebrated and is a veritable chef d'oeuvre. The miniature for Paul III about the year 1536, whose portrait on his throne, appears at the top' and 'from the Ottley and Rogers collections' (f. K); These five borders are from fine Italian MSS of the end of the fifteenth century', 'May 1855 £22', 'probably by Giulio Clovio' and 'from the Celotti, Ottley and Rogers collections' (f. N).
John Malcolm of Poltalloch (b. 1805, d. 1893), art collector and landowner: acquired between the first publication of the catalogue of his collection in 1869 and the second edition of 1876 (see Robinson); ff. N and P were displayed at the British Museum in 1893.
Purchased by the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum in 1895.
Transferred to the Department of Manuscripts of the British Museum in 1899.
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present cuttings are kept in two boxes with Add. 35254H-I, L, M and O (there is no. f. J) and Add. 35254Q-V. To see these cuttings in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 35254H-O and Add. 35254P-V.
Other cuttings from the same volume are Add. 21412, f. 98-110, Add. 49520; Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, 1982.438; New York, Brooklyn Museum, 11.499 and The Morgan Library and Museum, MS. 270; Philadelphia, Free library, Ms. 27:7; Texas, private collection (see Sandra Hindman and Michael Heinlen, 'A Connoisseur's Montage: The Four Evangelists Attributed to Giulio Clovio', Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, 17 (1991), 154-82).
Select bibliography Henry Shaw, The Decorative Arts, Ecclesiastical and Civil of the Middle Ages (London: William Pickering, 1851), no. 31 [f. P].

J. C. Robinson, Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq, 2nd ed. (London: Chiswick Press, 1876), pp. 278-79, app. nos. ii. 9, 11 and 12 (ff. N, K and P, respectively).

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1894-1899 (London: Trustees of the British Museums, 1901), pp. 223-24.

T. J. Brown, 'Some Manuscript Fragments Illuminated for Pope Greogry XIII', British Museum Quarterly, 23 (1960-1961), 2-5 (pp. 3-5), pl. Ib-c [detail of P and K, respectively].

Sandra Hindman and Michael Heinlen, 'A Connoisseur's Montage: The Four Evangelists Attributed to Giulio Clovio', Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, 17 (1991), 154-82, app. nos. 3, 4b and 5.

Liturgia in Figura: Codici Liturgici Rinascimentali della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, ed. by Giovanni Morello and Silvia Maddalo (Rome: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1995), p. 309 [f. K].

Grandi Pittori per Piccole Immagini nella Corte Pontificia del '500: i Corali Miniati di San Pio V, ed. by Silvana Pettenati (Alessandria: Boccassi, 1998), p. 55 [f. P].

Emilia Anna Talamo, Codices Cantorum: Miniature e Disegni nei Codici della Capella Sistina (Florence: Officine del Novecento, 1998), p. 227 [ff. N and P].

Sandra Hindman and others, Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age: Recovery and Reconstruction (Evanston, IL: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2001), pp. 82, 91-92 [exhibition catalogue].

Anne-Marie Eze, Abbé Luigi Celotti (1759-1843): Connoisseur, Dealer, and Collector of Illuminated Miniatures (unpublished doctoral thesis, London: Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, 2010).

Elena De Laurentiis and Emilia Anna Talamo, The Lost Manuscripts from the Sistine Chapel: an Epic Journey from Rome to Toledo (Madrid: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispa´nica; Dallas, Tex.: Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, 2010), pp. 138, 181, 182, 267, 335, 336, 344, 378.

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f. N

f. P
Border, Angels adoring the Host and the Last Supper.

f. K
Border, Angels adoring the Host and the Last Supper.

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