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Psalter-Hours of Brother Guimier
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Psalter-Hours of Brother Guimier

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Description This unusually large Psalter-Hours was created in the last quarter of the thirteenth century in the Thérouanne region of northeastern France, considered Flanders at the time. Illuminated throughout with elaborate decorated and historiated initials, the manuscript also contains a single full-page miniature of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket. An emphasis on Augustine in the calendar and litany suggest that the manuscript's original patron may have been associated with an Augustinian foundation, possibly Saint-Augustin-lès-Thérouanne. An inscription dated 1590 indicates that the book was given to Brother Iohannes Guimier by a previous owner, Henricus Iordanus. It was at this time that an alphabetical index, foliation, and notations were added to the manuscript, suggesting that Brother Guimier used it a great deal. The binding, a nineteenth-century fabrication, is adorned with a large medieval champlevé enamel plaque in the Limoges style, which is roughly contemporary with the manuscript.
Date Description Narrative
10/23/2013Treatmentexamined for digitization; media consolidation; splits mended
9/12/2016Treatmentexamined for exhibition; media consolidation
  • Jewish Heroes in Christian Books. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
  • Mything Persons: Historic Figures in Legends of East and West. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
  • 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.
Provenance [1] [2] Dominus Henricus Iordanus, France, late 16th century (?) [3]; given to Iohannes Guimier, France, 1590 [3]. Unknown English owner, England, 2nd half 19th century [4]. Acquired by Léon Gruel, Paris, late 19th-early 20th century [5]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1903; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Likely created for the use of Thérouanne for a male supplicant as indicated on fol. 151r, though the form of the collect changes from male to female [2] Obituary added in calendar for March 18 in a 14th century hand: "domini Iamberti de tolneere annon lvi" [3] Dated inscription on fol. 1r indicates the gift [4] Notes and inscriptions, e.g. fol. 194r "v r second of April, 1889" (erased but still visible, upside down) [5] Bookplate inscribed "No 129"
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903

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4th quarter 13th century
ink and pigments on parchment bound between boards covered with red velvet, champlevé enamel
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 12 5/8 × W: 9 7/16 in. (32 × 24 cm)
  • France (Place of Origin)
  • France, Paris (Place of Binding)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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