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Cutting (manuscript): Marlay cutting Fr. 16a

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Object information

Titles

  • Historiated initial from Choir Books

MS Marlay Cutting Fr. 16a

One of two historiated initials

This cutting is a historiated initial ‘S’ from a large choir book depicting Louis XII, in his coronation robe, healing sufferers of scrofula. French and English kings were thought to be able to cure this particular ailment through their Royal Touch. The practice served to further justify their rule as lawful and divinely ordained.

Cuttings, that is, fragments from medieval manuscripts, were easier to sell than entire books. It therefore became common practice to cut out folios or details from pages and sell them as individual, miniature works of art. The size of this initial suggests that the parent manuscript from which it was cut was on a very large, imposing scale.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 168 x 183 mm, reverse obscured by paper mount, with letter forms and red four-line musical staves partially visible.

DECORATION:
Historiated initials in blue, ornamented in white, on gold ground with blue, orange and green scrolling vine motifs in the four corners: S, Louis XII, dressed in his coronation robe, accompanied by a bishop and cardinal, extends his healing touch to people suffering from scrofula.

Commissioned by King Louis XII of France (1498-1515) and his consort, Anne of Brittany (1477-1514); Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831-1912); his bequest, 1912.

Named entities

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Charles Brinsley Marlay

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Bequeathed
  • Dates: 1912

Dating

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ North ⪼ France

Agents depicted

Materials used in production

Components of the work

  • Support composed of parchment
  • Leaf measuring: Height by mm by 168 by Width by mm by 183

Techniques used in production

Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

  • Accession number: Marlay cutting Fr. 16a
  • Primary reference Number: 209504
  • Project ID: 1358
  • Stable URI

Audit data

  • Created: Tuesday 1 November 2016
  • Updated: Tuesday 16 March 2021
  • Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

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