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Prayer Book with Inserted Engravings

Description Provenance Credit
Description This late manuscript in many ways resembles a printed book, with page numbers, chapter headings, and an extensive table of contents. The book was intended for young women and contains a wide variety of prayers, teachings, and reflections. It is illustrated throughout with inserted engravings by a number of artists, evidently cut from other books; most bear the names of the artists, and many have numberings from their original editions. An ownership inscription at the back of the manuscript bears the date 1772, and one of the engravings (on fol. 84r) contains the date 1754, suggesting that the manuscript was created in the third quarter of the eighteenth century.
Provenance Joseph Ruetz, Amsterdam, 1772 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Francisus Xoveri Ruetz, 1800; Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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3rd quater 18th century
ink and pigments on thin laid paper and engravings inserted on a variety of different papers bound between red gilt morocco covered with green silk pastedowns
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 5 7/8 × W: 4 5/16 in. (15 × 10.9 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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