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East Anglian Psalter


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Description This English Psalter was made for an East Anglian patron at the beginning of the fourteenth century. The original Psalter contains a calendar for adapted Sarum use, the Psalms, Canticles, Litany, and Office of the Dead, with additional prayers in a humanist hand added by a fifteenth-century owner. The text is incomplete; about two dozen leaves have been removed, resulting in missing historiated initials and several partial Psalms and Canticles. Three extant historiated initials, accompanied by incipits in gold, stand out among a multitude of smaller painted and flourished initials. The majority of the text is written in an accomplished textualis prescissa. This Psalter has stylistic and textual connections to the Gorleston Psalter (British Library, Add. Ms. 49622) and the Ormesby Psalter (Bodleian Library, Douce Ms. 366), placing it firmly within the tradition of East Anglian manuscript production in the first half of the fourteenth century.
Exhibitions
  • The Medieval Craftsman and His Modern Counterpart. Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington; Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans. 1959.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Medieval Writing and Calligraphy. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993-1994.
  • Music in Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997.
  • Medieval Matters: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, and The Library of Mr. Harry A. Walton. Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar. 1997.
  • The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Academy Art Museum, Easton; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton; The Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. 2002.
  • The Saint John's Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009.
Provenance Colonel Cotes collection; his sale, London, March 18, 1900, no. 289 to Bernard Quaritch; obtained from Wilfrid M. Voynitch; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1900-1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Creators
Period
ca. 1300
Medium
ink and pigments on parchment of medium thickness bound between millboard (?) covered in dark blue leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.79
Measurements
Overall: 13 3/8 x 8 11/16 in. (34 x 22 cm)
Geographies
  • United Kingdom, England (Place of Binding)
  • East Anglia? (Place of Binding)
  • United Kingdom, England, London (Place of Binding)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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