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Name: Graduale? (fragment)

Repository: Collection of A. L. Nicholson, MB, BS, DPM, MANZCP

Settlement: Ballarat, Vic

Associated Manuscript Items:
Graduale? (fragment): Letter C depicting Christ

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Acquisition: Acquired in 1961 from The Folio Society





Condition: one historiated initial pasted on cardboard and mounted

Deco desc: Letter C (75 x 60 mm) depicting Christ with bifurcate beard and wearing a blue habit and a red cloak bearing gold designs. His head has a halo. His right hand is raised as if giving a blessing, while his left hand holds a simple stave with a cross-piece. He stands against a dark blue sky flecked with gold cloud. The curve of the C is carmine and green leaf has been placed at the centre and at each end of the open letter. The surrounding ground for the initial is gold. In The Folio Society Catalogue (see Bibliography below) the miniature is claimed as the work of the Milanese artist Mercati Venturino di Andrea[N9] (floruit 1466-75) who illustrated service books for the Benedictine Convent of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, near Siena, in 1472 and 1473.

Dimensions: 75 x 60 mm

Extent: one historiated initial


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List bibl: The Folio Society. CollectorsÕ Corner. Catalogue no.3, London 1961, item no.99b.

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Orig date: s. xvex

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Provenance: The Folio Society states that the fragment had been in the collection[10] of C. W. Dyson Perrins DCL, FSA (1864-1958). [N10] Sinclair finds no reference to the miniature in G. F. Warner, Descriptive Catalogue of the Illuminated Manuscripts in the Library of C. W. Dyson Perrins, 2 vols, London 1920. The Folio Society states that earlier, at least in the eighteenth century, the MS. to which it belongs had been owned by the Monastery of San Vittore in Milan.

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 256



Support: vellum


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