Manuscript: Additional MS 24686
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British Library, Additional MS 24686
(Alphonso Psalter)
 

Produced: England (London), 1284

Language: Latin

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Media: Vellum
Script: Textualis Quadrata

Folios: 136  Height: 24.3 cm   Width: 16.7 cm

Manuscript type: Psalter

Location: British Library, London, England, United Kingdom

Family: n/a

 



Source: British Library Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts | Copyright Copyright 2004 British Library / Used by permission | Folio 12r


 
Description

"Miniatures (6). Major initials historiated (1), decorated and inhabited, with borders (full and partial) and inhabited and zoomorphic. Minor initials decorated and inhabited. Litterae notabiliores with anthropromorphic decoration. Line fillers. Bas-de-page. Armorial decoration. Manufacturing aids (catchwords). Probably commissioned (1284) to celebrate the proposed marriage of Prince Alphonso, son of King Edward I, and Margaret of Holland, aborted by Alphonso's death (August 1284). Includes early examples (1316) of re-used, pasted-in miniatures from a contemporary north French Bible (ff.3v-4v)." - British Library

"Usually regarded as the first major work of the 'East Anglian' period of English gothic illumination, this manuscript was begun to mark the projected marriage of Alphonso ... to Margaret, daughter of Count Florens V of Holland. Alphonso died in 1284 before the marriage could take place and the book remained unfinished for some years. It was completed at the beginning of the 14th century, possibly for his sister Elizabeth... The original decoration is of outstanding delicacy and realism, deriving stylistically from such 'court school' masterpieces as the Oscott Psalter and the Westminster retable." - The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (Toronto, 1997) Backhouse, 1998 page 99

Formerly known as the Tenison Psalter.


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