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Detailed record for Additional 18196, ff. 71-77

Title Cuttings from a choir book
Origin Italy, N. (Lombardy)
Date c. 1490 - c. 1510
Artists ?An artist in the circle of the Master of the Arcimboldi Missal (active in Milan at the end of the 15th century).
Decoration 7 historiated initials in colours and gold, of kings (ff. 71-75) and prophets (ff. 76, 77). One four-line red stave visible through the illumination.
Dimensions in mm 105 x 85 (f. 71); 95 x 90 (f. 72); 90 x 90 (f. 73); 80 x 85 (f. 74); 85 x 80 (f. 75); 95 x 90 (f. 76); 80 x 80 (f. 77)
Official foliation Bound in an album of ff. i + 90. These cuttings foliated as '71'-'77'.
Form Parchment cuttings mounted on card guards in an album of cuttings.
Binding Post-1600. Bound by Charles Lewis (b. 1786, d. 1836), London bookbinder, for the booksellers Payne and Foss. Gold tooled dark blue morocco with on the spine: 'Picturae / et / miniaturae / antiquae / saec. xiv.ad xvi / mus. brit. / iure emptionis / 18,196.'. Marbled paper, gilt edges.
Provenance William Young Ottley (b. 1771, d. 1836), writer on art and collector: possibly part of his sale, 11 May 1838, but unidentifiable; inscribed by Frederic Madden on a sheet in box: 'Purchased at Payne and Foss's sale / at Sotheby's, 27th June 1850. / Lot 1087. / Formerly part of the collection / of W.Y. Ottley, Esq. dispersed / in 1838' (f. i).
Payne and Foss, London booksellers: their sale, 24 June 1850, lot 1087; purchased by Boone on the fourth day of the sale, 27 June.
William Boone, London bookseller trading 1815-1870: purchased by him for 18; purchased from Boone on the same day by the British Museum.
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present cuttings are bound in an album with Add. 18196, ff. 2-70, and 78-90. To see these cuttings in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 18196, ff. 2-90.
Musical notation.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1848-1853 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1868), p. 87.

J. J. G. Alexander, 'Italian Illuminated Manuscripts in British Collections', in La Miniatura Italiana tra Gotico e Rinascimento: atti del II Congresso di Storia della Miniatura Italiana, Cortona, 24-26 settembre 1982, ed. by Emanuela Sesti (Florence: Olschki, 1985), 99-126 (p. 110 n. 30), reprinted in Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), 22-54, 382-84 (p. 33 n. 30).


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King

f. 71
King
King

f. 72
King
King

f. 73
King
 
Man

f. 74
Man
King

f. 75
King
Ezechiel

f. 76
Ezechiel
 
Barnabas

f. 77
Barnabas

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