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On display at V&A South Kensington
Paintings, Room 88a, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries

Manuscript Cutting

ca. 1480 (illuminated)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In the 19th century the South Kensington Museum gathered examples of illumination for students to copy. This was a new kind of collection. It was unlike the encyclopedic historic collections of the British Museum or the Bodleian Library in Oxford. From the beginning, the Museum tended to buy ready-made collections. This example is from a portfolio of cuttings from an Italian choirbook. The Museum bought it from J. & W. Boone in 1866 for £15.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Water-based pigments, gilding and ink on parchment
Brief Description
Cut-out foliate ornament. Italy. Late 15th century, attributed to Domenico Morone. A duplicate number MS.1169 was assigned to this object in error and was subsequently cancelled.
Physical Description
Specimen of a manuscript
Dimensions
  • Height: 150mm
  • Width: 60mm
Historical context
Data taken from notes compiled by Rowan Watson. The full text of the entry is as follows:



' 335.4

4918.3 (MS 1169)

CHOIR BOOK?

Cut-out foliate ornament



Italy. Late 15th century

150 x 60 mm.



From an album containing 4916-4928 bought for £15 from J & W Boone, 1866'
Subject depicted
Summary
In the 19th century the South Kensington Museum gathered examples of illumination for students to copy. This was a new kind of collection. It was unlike the encyclopedic historic collections of the British Museum or the Bodleian Library in Oxford. From the beginning, the Museum tended to buy ready-made collections. This example is from a portfolio of cuttings from an Italian choirbook. The Museum bought it from J. & W. Boone in 1866 for £15.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Watson, Rowan. Educators, Collectors, Fragments and the "Illuminated" Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Nineteenth Century. In: Linda L. Brownrigg and Margaret M. Smith, eds. Interpreting and Collecting Fragments of Medieval Books. Los Altos Hills: Anderson Lovelace; London: Red Gull Press, 2000. pp. 21-46, ill. ISBN 0962637262 (hbk); 0962637270 (pbk).p. 26, fig. 2
Collection
Accession Number
4918:3

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record createdFebruary 25, 2004
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