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Book of Hours


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Description This finely illuminated and iconographically rich book of hours was made in England at the end of the thirteenth century. The manuscript is incomplete and misbound. Its main artist can also be found at work in a Bible (Oxford, Bodleian Library Ms. Auct. D.3.2) and a psalter (Cambridge, Trinity College Cambridge Ms. O.4.16). The manuscript contains a number of unusual texts, including the Hours of Jesus Crucified and the Office of St. Catherine. The patron of the manuscript is not clear; a woman is depicted as praying in many of the initials, but rubrics in the Office of the Dead mention "freres" (brothers). The imagery is inventive, and the Hours of Christ Crucified are graced with images depicting the funeral of Reynard the Fox in its margins. In the absence of a calendar, it is not possible to locate the origin of the manuscript precisely.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/18/1979Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Splendor in Books. Grolier Club, New York; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagenet England 1200-1400. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 1987-1988.
  • Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988.
  • Making Music in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Plants and Flowers in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1991.
  • Medieval Writing and Calligraphy. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993-1994.
  • Manuscript Sleuthing: Discoveries of a Curator. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
  • Music in Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997.
  • The Saint John's Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009.
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
  • Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts. 2014.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, ca. 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, ca. 1930

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Period
ca. 1300 (Gothic)
Medium
ink and pigments on medium-weight parchment between early 20th century worn red velvet over pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.102
Measurements
Folio H: 10 1/2 x W: 7 3/8 in. (26.7 x 18.7 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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