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Leaf from the Hastière Bible

  • Object:

    Manuscript cutting

  • Place of origin:

    Southern Netherlands (made)
    Namur (probably made near Namur, made)

  • Date:

    early 14th century (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 81, box V

Physical description

Recto: historiated initial E showing the prophet Baruch holding a scroll with the inscription ‘pater noster et noster pater’; dove of the Holy Spirit flying towards him. In the lower margin, drollerie with a quadruped and two-headed snake. This initial introduces the Book of Baruch.
Incipit: Et hec sunt verba libri qui scripsit Baruch
2 columns, 38 lines
Verso: 3-line initial P in blue with red flourishing, ‘ij’ written in margin to guide the rubricator.

Place of Origin

Southern Netherlands (made)
Namur (probably made near Namur, made)


early 14th century (made)


Height: 480 mm, Width: 350 mm, Height: 340 mm text block, Width: 225 mm text block

Object history note

Probably commissioned by the couple depicted in the Crucifixion scene (Museum no. 279:1) identified by the scrolls they hold as Johans de Hastières and Magrite de Matetio (?) Voisia. The cleric depicted kneeling before Christ (?) (Museum no. 246:10), called 'Egidius de Romereet' would also have been involved in the commissioning of the Bible, which was in multiple volumes. May have been made in the region of Hastière, south of Namur.
Purchased from J. and S. Goldschmidt as part of three portfolios (now Museum nos 234-296) designated as a 'Illuminations: a collection of 338 specimens, pages and cuttings' for the total sum of £100.0.0, received on 15 October 1872; passed on for Register in April 1874 (see Register of Drawings).
Cuttings from the same manuscript in the V&A collection: 246:7, 246:8, 246:9, 246:10, 260:1, 260:2, 260:3, 260:4, 260:5, 260:6, 260:7, 279:1, 279:2.

Cuttings from the same manuscript in other collections: Philadelphia, Free Library; Nuremberg, Nationalmuseum; Paris, Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts; Munich, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung; Zeileis collection and on the market. For full details, see Peter Kidd, 'Leaves and Cuttings from the Hastière Bible', in Medieval Manuscripts Provenance blog, 2016.

Descriptive line

Leaf with historiated initial E showing Baruch, from the Hastière Bible, Southern Netherlands, 14th century. A duplicate number MS.219 was assigned to this object in error and was subsequently cancelled.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

pp. 27-28 (as Netherlandish, 14th century; nos 213-226).
Catalogue of illuminated manuscripts : Part II, Miniatures, leaves, and cuttings, by S.C. Cockerell and E.F. Strange (London: HMSO, 1908, 1st edition).
pp. 22-23 (as Netherlandish, 14th century).
Catalogue of Miniatures, Leaves, and Cuttings from Illuminated Manuscripts. Victoria and Albert Museum. Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, by S.C. Cockerell and C. Harcourt Smith (London: HMSO, 1923, 2nd edition).
Peter Kidd, 'Bible leaves in Philadelphia, London, and Paris, 1 October 2016', 'Two more leaves from the Hastière Bible', 24 December 2016, 'One more leaf from the Hastière Bible', 27 December 2016, and a list of all located surviving leaves and cuttings 'Leaves and cuttings from the Hastière Bible', in Medieval Manuscripts Provenance blog [accessed 16/04/2020].


Parchment; Pigments; Ink




Manuscript cutting; Manuscripts; Medieval and renaissance

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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