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Book of Hours (Upholland Hours) Amiens c.1430-40
Heures à l'usage d'Amiens c.1440

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Adoration of the Magi (Ad Sextam)
Upholland Hours f.69v
Photo: © Gregory T. Clark (with kind permission)
Funeral Service before an Alter (Office of the Dead)
Upholland Hours f.135 - Script and rubrics in a hand identical
with the scribe of the Amiens Hours

Photo: © Gregory T. Clark (with kind permission)

'Upholland Hours' (Amiens c.1430-1440) Latin and French
Vellum 197 ff. 172 x 120 mm. 12 lines, textura (95 x 58 mm)
Collation: 1-iii8, iv10, v-vi6, vii10, viii8-1, ix10-1, x10, xi8, xii4, xiii8+1 +f.97, xiv8, xv8-1, xvi8, xvii8, xviii10, xix-xxi8, xxii8+1 +f.171, xxiii8. xxiv8, xxv4; (lacking leaves after f.56, 63 and 111, other miniatures inserted on single leaves could be wanting).
Provenance: Made in Amiens for a couple whose unidentified arms are painted in the lower border on f.25;
Olim: Wigan [Lancashire] Upholland College Library Ms.99; Sold Christie's 2 Dec. 1987 lot 33 ; Sold Sotheby's 29 Nov. 1990 lot 137; Sold again Sotheby's 5 Dec. 1994 lot 94; (2002 broken up, and dispersed by Griffon Medieval Manuscripts. Single leaves with text are likely to appear on the market, but has not yet been sold in large numbers)

Note: 1) Gregory Clark found by coincidence and the curious irony of fate the Pentecost miniature he photographed many years ago recently hanging on the wall in his own home town:
"I also know where the Upholland Pentecost now is: it hangs in the Lady Chapel in the Church of the Apostles at the School of Theology here in Sewanee (!)"

J.J.G.Alexander: Medieval and Early Renaissance Treasures in the North West, Manchester 1976, p.24, no.30;
Sotheby's: Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, London, Thursday 29th November 1990, lot 137, p.240-242 (Ill.)
Susie Nash: Between France and Flanders. Manuscript Illumination in Amiens in the Fifteenth Century. The British Library and University of Toronto Press, 1999, Cat. no. 19, p.329-332;
Gregory T. Clark: "Made in Flanders" and the Master of the Ghent Priviliges : A first Coda. in: ALS ICH CAN, Liber Amicorum in Memory of Professor Dr. Mauritz Smeyers, Uitgeverij Peeters, Leuven 2002, p.383-399 (Ill.9).

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