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Initial from a set of choir books: Marlay cutting It. 2

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Current Location: In storage


Initial from a set of choir books


Artist: Gherardino da Forlì, Giustino di




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 161 x 165mm, two musical staves ruled in red ink, two fragmentary lines of text.

CONTENT: On reverse, part of the second Antiphon for second Vespers on the Feast of the Annunciation [M]aria grat[ia ple]na; the initial would have introduced the antiphon at Vespers for the feast of the Annunciation, Missus est Gabriel (Luke 1. 26)

DECORATION: Historiated initial in graded pink or grey with acanthus ornament on gold ground:[M] Annunciation


History note: Thomas Miller Whitehead (d. 1877), who bought both cuttings from Boone in February 1856 (notes in his hand on the reverse of both cuttings)

Place(s) associated

  • Venice

Acquisition and important dates

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


Fourteenth century, third quarter
Circa 1360 CE - Circa 1370 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 2
Primary reference Number: 176590
Project ID: 1361
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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

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