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Ornamental initials from a Choir Book: MS McClean 201.14a-e

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Ornamental initials from a Choir Book


MS McClean 201.14a 96 x 125 mm
MS McClean 201.14b 90 x 92 mm
MS McClean 201.14c 78 x 80 mm
MS McClean 201.14d 93 x 90 mm
MS McClean 201.14e 108 x 115 mm
Fragmentary four-line staves ruled in red ink, fragmentary words on lines ruled in black ink.

ORNAMENTATION: Five pink initials [D, D, D, A, S, height of one stave and one text line] with white floral and geometric ornament on blue grounds, and stylized floral or acanthus infill, except McClean 201.14a, which encloses an empty cross; red penwork initial [D, height of one text line] with voided ornament and infill on blue ground, and purple pen-flourished frame on reverse of McClean 201.14c.


History note: Red dots (9 mm diameter) from glue or a stamp and the numbers 118, 119, 119A, 120 and 121 pencilled on reverse

Place(s) associated

  • Lombardy ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


Fifteenth century, second half
Circa 1470 CE - Circa 1480 CE

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

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 201.14a-e
Primary reference Number: 178369
Project ID: 1503
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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