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Prayer Book

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Description This pocket-size prayer book was written in Dutch on fine parchment ca. 1470. The calendar is for the use of Utrecht, which helps localize its original ownership. It is notable for its thirteen full-page illuminations and seven small miniatures for the suffrages, by artists close to the Utrecht school. This manuscript has been grouped with many related works, including Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale 10761, Oxford, Bodleian Library Ms. Douce 30, Utrecht, Aartsbisshoppelijk Museum Ms. 20, the so-called Harberton-Wodhull Hours, private collection, The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek Ms. 131 G8, and Ms. 76 F31.
  • Death and Dying in the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • The Origins of Dutch Painting: Manuscripts from the Fifteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014.
Provenance Acquired by Gruel and Engelmann, Paris [1]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1905; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] no. 96, bookplate on front pastedown
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1905

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3rd quarter 15th century
ink and pigments on very thin, finely finished parchment covered with dark crimson velvet
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 4 7/16 x W: 3 1/4 in. (11.2 x 8.3 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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