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Psalter miniatures

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 620
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Psalter miniatures
Date(s): 1225-1250
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 11 miniatures, 1 volume and photographs
Name of creator(s): Unknown
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Administrative/Biographical history:

A medieval psalter usually comprised a Calendar, the 150 Psalms, and a collection of canticles and creeds. The three text-types worked together in the practice of the Divine Office, the Church's daily public prayer. When a psalter-book was intended for private use as well, other texts, such as prologues, hymns, or favourite prayers were added. The psalter from which the miniatures were taken was probably made in the Ile de France in 1225-1250; the style is similar to that found in the miniatures of the Missal of St Corneille, Compiegne (held at the Bibliotheques Nationales, Paris, as Ms Latin 17318).


Scope and content/abstract:

Eleven miniatures, probably cut from the first leaves of a psalter, illustrating scenes from the life of Christ. The subject of each is as follows: Annunciation, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, the Last Supper, Flagellation of Christ, Christ Crucified, Women at the Sepulchre, Ascension, Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and Death of the Virgin.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

See R. Watson 'Descriptive lists of fragments of medieval manuscripts in the University of London Library' (1976).

Archival Information

Archival history:

The miniatures were originally pasted into a late 19th century edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern when the volume was purchased by the University of London Library in 1964.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The volume was bought from Holleyman & Treacher in 1964.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

F. Wormald, 'Some leaves from a thirteenth-century illuminated manuscript in the University of London Library', Librarianship and Literature; Essays in Honour of Jack Pafford (London, 1970).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2001

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