Sketchbook of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues (watercolours removed)

Sketchbooks
ca.1575 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Paintings, Room 88a, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries
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Binding of brown calf with gold tooling, raised bands on spine. Painted decoration: four medallions arranged symmetrically around central motif, gold pointillé tooling background.
The binding still encloses thirteen original leaves (ff. ii-xiv), all blank except f. v, which has sketches of a lily, seen from various angles, and f. vi, which has the outline of a pear. Ff. i and xv are thin flyleaves, possibly added later. When the watercolours were removed, some modern paper leaves were pasted in onto remaining stubs. Unfortunately, it was done to give the binding some bulk rather than to reflect where the leaves had been taken out. A reconstruction is therefore difficult, though one is proposed here.
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interact The botanical album of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues Although it is said one should not judge a book by its cover, when in 1856 the V&A (then South Kensington Museum) acquired a 16th-century album of botanical watercolours by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, it was its original 16th-century binding that prompted the purchase, leaving the artwork...
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Brief Description
Sketchbook of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues (watercolours removed), France, ca.1575.
Physical Description
Binding of brown calf with gold tooling, raised bands on spine. Painted decoration: four medallions arranged symmetrically around central motif, gold pointillé tooling background.

The binding still encloses thirteen original leaves (ff. ii-xiv), all blank except f. v, which has sketches of a lily, seen from various angles, and f. vi, which has the outline of a pear. Ff. i and xv are thin flyleaves, possibly added later. When the watercolours were removed, some modern paper leaves were pasted in onto remaining stubs. Unfortunately, it was done to give the binding some bulk rather than to reflect where the leaves had been taken out. A reconstruction is therefore difficult, though one is proposed here.
Dimensions
  • Length: 280mm (closed) (Note: Measured in Book Conservation measuring box)
  • Width: 203mm (closed) (Note: Measured in Book Conservation measuring box)
  • Depth: 21mm (closed) (Note: Measured in Book Conservation measuring box)
Production typeUnique
Object history
The book was purchased for its binding in 1856. The botanical drawings by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, formerly held in this binding, were extracted and are now held as part of the prints, drawings and paintings collections (Museum nos A.M.3267a-3267hh-1856).

Bibliographic References
  • Lambourne, L., Portraits of Plants, London: V&A, 1984.
  • FOR A RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SKETCHBOOK, SEE HERE.
Other Number
Drawer 13 (d) - NAL Pressmark
Collection
Library Number
3267-1856

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