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Detailed record for Harley 2966

Title Book of Hours, Use of Sarum
Origin Netherlands, N.
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists the Ushaw 10 group, according to Randall 1997
Decoration 12 full-page miniatures, framed with folilate extensions into the margins, followed by large decorated initials with full foliate borders on the facing page, in colours and gold (ff. 14v, 19v, 27v, 30v, 33v, 35v, 37v, 39v [partly cut out], 53v, 63v [effaced], 76v, 84v). 5 large miniatures, in colours and gold, with large initials in gold on red and blue grounds, at the beginning of suffrages (ff. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13). 1 large initial in gold on a red and blue ground with foliate extensions into the margins, at the beginning of the prayer O intemerata (f. 45). Small initials in gold on red and blue grounds. Small initials (1 line) in gold with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Line fillers decorated in red and blue.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 140 (120 x 80)
Official foliation ff. 95 (+ 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Diced brown calf; gilt edges.
Provenance ff. 1v, 8, 93v-94 and 95 contain prayers by contemporary hands, partly in English; the first and last prayer embellished by small miniatures pasted below, the first sewn to the parchment by green thread.
Female member of Trygg family, 16th century: inscribed 'Yf any body fynd Thys boke I pray them bryng yt to Mistres Trygg for yt by hers' (f. 1).
John Bird, by 1517: inscribed 'Of your charyte pray for the sole of John Byrd gentylman the wych departyd the ii dey of august in thys ix yere + rayne of kyng herry the viijth' (f. 3v).
Inscribed in green ink by a professional 16th-century hand: 'Of youre charite ye shall praye for the Sowle off Elizabeth Langham Gentyl woman ... And ye shall pray for the prosperite + welfare of kateryne Bryde Gentylwoman ...' (f. 8).
Records of birth in 1525 of Elizabeth Morton, daughter of Robert, gentleman, and of Elizabeth Adams (f. 8).
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley '20 die Januarij A.D. 1721/22.' (f. f). Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d.1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II, no. 2966.

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. 18.

Christopher Wordsworth and Henry Littlehales, The Old Service-Books of the English Church, 2nd edn (London: Methuen & Co., 1910), p. 59.

Lilian M. C. Randall and others, 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, p. 111.


Images
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Sebastian

ff. 1v-2
Sebastian
Sebastian

f. 1v
Sebastian
Calendar page

ff. 7v-8
Calendar page
 
Christopher

f. 9
Christopher
Christopher

f. 9
Christopher
Catherine

f. 10
Catherine
 
Mary Magdalene

f. 11
Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene

f. 11
Mary Magdalene


f. 12
 
George

f. 13
George
Annunciation

f. 14v
Annunciation
Annunciation

ff. 14v-15
Annunciation
 
Christ carrying the Cross

f. 19v
Christ carrying the Cross
Christ before Pilate

f. 27v
Christ before Pilate
Christ before Pilate

ff. 27v-28
Christ before Pilate
 
Crucifixion

f. 30v
Crucifixion
Decorated initial

f. 31
Decorated initial
Christ carrying the Cross

f. 33v
Christ carrying the Cross
 
Crucifixion

f. 35v
Crucifixion
Deposition

f. 37v
Deposition
Illuminated initial

ff. 39v-40
Illuminated initial
 
Illuminated initial

f. 45
Illuminated initial
Last Judgement

f. 53v
Last Judgement
Funeral

f. 63v
Funeral
 
Resurrection

f. 76v
Resurrection
Christ

f. 84v
Christ
Supernatural words

f. 93v
Supernatural words
 
Miniature

f. 95
Miniature

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