W.277, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.277, Book of Hours, Latin (1480 CE, Tournai (?), Flanders)

Holding institution classification: Book of Hours

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W277/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.277

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1455-1505

Language(s): Latin, French


Country of production: Belgium

City or region of production: Tournai?

Illumination contents: St. John the Evangelist, Crucifixion, Betrayal and Arrest of Christ, Christ before Herod, Flagellation of Christ, Christ Carrying the Cross, Descent from the Cross, Lamentation, Annunciation, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Circumcision of Christ, Flight into Egypt, Massacre of the Innocents, David Penitent, Raising of Lazarus

Text contents: Calendar, Gospel Sequences, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Five Verses of St. Gregory, Hours of the Virgin, Penitential Psalms and Litany, Office of the Dead, Suffrages, Eight Verses of St. Bernard

Hours intercalated?:


Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Unknown novice; artist was a novice, yet his expressive individual style and unusual marginalia, in which figures and animals hold scrolls inscribed with French phrases, provide the manuscript with considerable charm.

Patron: unsure; First owner, ca. 1480, likely female as fol. 32r depicts St. Agnes; Franciscan and pro-French sympathy seen in fols. 32r-102v

Materials: Medium-weight calfskin parchment

Binding original?: No

Binding description: Crimson velvet binding made ca. nineteenth century, possibly in England given the fastenings (see below); five bands with original sewing; spine rounded naturally; endbands in light pink silk; gilt edges with red and green vines, as well as birds and white, red, and blue flowers; center fore-edge containing ‘Ihs’ monogram, ca. eighteenth century (?); possible traces of earlier single-fastening at center fore-edge on first and last folios of textblock; two engraved edge-pin fastenings by R. Garrard (London, 1844-45), with “R G” monogram at the bottom of clasps

Folio height (in centimeters): 20.5

Folio width (in centimeters): 15

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