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Leaf from Alphabet Book: Initial X
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Leaf from Alphabet Book: Initial X


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Description The medieval alphabet is illuminated in two different styles. Without any accompanying text, the original purpose of the book remains unclear, but scholars have suggested that it was a sample or model book for manuscript illuminators, or that it was intended as a gift. The book was rebound in the eighteenth century, and in the same century extensive notes, which have since been erased, were made alongside the initials.
Exhibitions
  • Henry Walters, Léon Gruel, and the Reinvention of the Medieval Manuscript . 2015-2016.
Provenance Léon Gruel, Paris, late 19th-early 20th century [1]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1895-1900; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Gruel and Engelmann bookplate inscribed "No. 1183"; "1183" on flyleaf iv
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
16th century (Renaissance)
Medium
ink and paint on parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.200.27V
Measurements
Folio H: 4 11/16 × W: 3 3/4 in. (11.9 × 9.5 cm)
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