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Detailed record for Sloane 2683

Title Book of Hours, Use of Sarum
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date c. 1390-1400
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists The Pink Canopies Group (see McKendrick 2003)
Decoration 26 full-page miniatures, in colours and gold, for major text divisions accompanied by large decorated initials and full foliate borders on the facing page (ff. 25v, 30v, 38v, 41v, 43v, 45v, 47v, 71v, 82v), for minor text divisions accompanied by small initials in gold on red and blue grounds with foliate extensions into the margins on the facing page (ff. 9v, 12v, 14v, 15v, 16v, 17v, 18v, 19v, 20v, 21v, 22v, 23v, 24v, 25v, 50v, 53v, 65v). 1 large decorated initial with a three-sided foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 96v). Smaller initials in gold on red and blue grounds with foliate extensions into the margins. Small initials in gold with purple pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 195 x 120 (115 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 104 (+ 1 original leaf after f. 70; + 4 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 original and 4 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Added in the Calendar 'Thomae martyris' (29 December, f. 8v); miniature on f. 16v with Thomas heavily rubbed, his erased suffrage rewritten in the 17th-century (f. 17).
Inscription, 17th-century(?): 'E Constable' (f. 3, crossed out).
Added prayer in English, 17th century(?) (ff. 11-11v).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 2497-2719 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 2683 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 11.

Alain Arnould and Jean Michel Massing, Spendours of Flanders (Cambridge: University Press, 1993), p. 114.

Lilian M. C. Randall, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery, 3 vols (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989-1997), III: Belgium, 1250-1530, 2 parts, I, 227, 229-30.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), fig. 2.

Janet Backhouse, Illumination from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), fig. 7.

Eamon Duffy, Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers 1240-1570 (New Haven: Yale, 2006), pl. 15 p. 27, pl. 54 p. 82, pl. 106 p. 164, 189.

A l'Escu de France: Guillebert de Mets et la peinture de livres a Gand a l'epoque de Jan van Eyck (1410-1450), ed. by Dominique Vanwijnsberghe and Erik Verroken, 2 vols (Brussels: IRPA, 2017), I, p. 200, n. 35.


Images
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George

f. 14v
George
The Annunciation

f. 25v
The Annunciation
Christ in the Garden

f. 30v
Christ in the Garden
 
Christ before Pilate

f. 41v
Christ before Pilate
Christ being scourged

f. 43v
Christ being scourged
Christ carrying the cross

f. 45v
Christ carrying the cross
 
The Deposition

f. 47v
The Deposition
Virgin and Child

f. 53
Virgin and Child
Christ

f. 65v
Christ
 

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