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Detailed record for Additional 21412, f. 3

Title Cutting from a printed Missal, containing text from the Canon of the Mass
Origin Italy, ?Central (?Rome)
Date 1st half of the 16th century
Language Latin
Decoration 1 engraved foliate full-page border, with the text excised, illuminated in colours and gold, of acanthus leaves, flowers, cherabim and gems. On the reverse is printed text in Roman type from the Canon of the Mass.
Dimensions in mm 350 x 205
Official foliation Paper cutting in a double-sided window mount, foliated as '3'.
Form Paper cutting in a double-sided window mount, kept in a box with other paper and parchment cuttings.
Binding N/A
Provenance William Young Ottley (b. 1771, d. 1836), writer on art and collector: according to the Rogers sale catalogue (see below) but not identifiable in his sale, 11 May 1838.
Samuel Rogers (b. 1763, d. 1855), poet: his sale, 28 April 1856, part of lot 1002; inscribed by Frederic Madden 'Purchased at the sale of the Pictures etc. of Samuel Rogers Esq. at Christie's 6th May 1856. /Lots 1002, 1005, 1006, 1008, 1009./' and '150 specimens F. M. ' (on mounted leaf in box 1).
William Boone, London bookseller trading 1815-1870: purchased by him for 33 12s on the 8th day of the sale, 8 May 1856, according to an annotated Western Manuscripts departmental copy of the sale catalogue; purchased from Boone on the same day by the British Museum.
Notes Italian cutting.
The present cutting was formerly pasted into The Samuel Rogers Album framing cuttings Add. 21412, ff. 3a-c and foliated as Add. 21412, f. 3. In 1989 they were lifted from the album, remounted individually and stored in a box. Citations in publications often refer to their old folio number.
To see these cutting in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 21412, ff. 1-7 [box 1]. To see the Samuel Rogers Album (Post-1600. Gold tooled dark blue ?morocco with on the spine: 'Italian / Miniatures / And Illuminated / Borders. / Samuel / Rogers Collection / Brit. Mus. / Additional / MS / 21,412.'. Marbled paper, gilt edges), which originally contained all the cuttings order Add. 21412, Old Covers.
Select bibliography British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the Years 1854-1860 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1875), pp. 377-78.

T. J. Brown, 'Some Manuscript Fragments Illuminated for Pope Greogry XIII', British Museum Quarterly, 23 (1960-1961), 2-5, p. 5 5n.

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).

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. 65, 82, 91 [exhibition catalogue].


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