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Initial from a Gradual: Marlay cutting It. 26

An image of Cutting (manuscript)

Object information


Initial from a Gradual


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 289 x 237 mm, traces of musical staves ruled in red ink and fragmentary text on reverse, largely obscured by remains of a paper mount.

CONTENT: On reverse, fragmentary text … fra …; the initial would have marked the introit to the Mass for the feast of St Andrew (30 Nov.), Mihi autem nimis honorati sunt amici tui (Ps. 138:17).

DECORATION: Historiated initial in graded pink and blue with scrolling ornamentation of leaves and berries on a solid gold ground, and border of painted leaves, flowers and fruit with gold discs and pine-cones: [M] St Andrew carrying his cross and an open book.

ORNAMENTATION: Traces of an initial with voided red pen-flourishing on reverse.


History note: Thomas Miller Whitehead

Place(s) associated

  • Ferrara ⪼ North-Eastern Italy ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Fifteenth century, third quarter
Production date: circa CE 1480

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support: composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 26
Primary reference Number: 176547
Project ID: 1376
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 March 2021 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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