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Touke Psalter

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Description This thirteenth-century Psalter was made in Bruges for a female patron. Lively vignettes fill the calendar, while large historiated initials of saints trampling their oppressors introduce the liturgical psalms. Added Easter tables, as well as birth and death inscriptions in the calendar, attest to the manuscript's presence in England by the fifteenth century where it was extensively used by generations of the Touke family.
  • The Four Seasons. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1986.
  • Daily Life in Medieval Books. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
  • Medieval Matters: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, and The Library of Mr. Harry A. Walton. Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar. 1997.
Provenance Owned by Touke Family, England, 15th-17th century [1]. Lloyd, Wallis, and Lloyd, England, 19th century. Léon Gruel collection, Paris, by late nineteenth or early twentieth century [2]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, before 1931; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest. [1] Calendar on fols. 3r-6v list brith and death notes for the Touke family in the 15th century. Fols. 1r-2v contain Easter tables through 1589. Erased signature on fol. 144v of John Touke likely from the 17th century. [2] Sales slip in French in same hand as wrote Gruel's inventory numbers once present on front flyleaf.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1250-1260 (Gothic)
ink and pigments on heavy weight parchment bound between boards covered with red-brown morocco
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Overall H: 9 7/16 x W: 6 11/16 in. (24 x 17 cm); Folio H: 9 1/2 × W: 6 1/2 in. (24.1 × 16.5 cm)
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