Boxwood sketchbook

Record ID: 
158212
Accession number: 
MS M.346
Title: 
Boxwood sketchbook
Created: 
France, probably Paris, ca. 1400.
Binding: 
Panels are connected by strips of vellum, held in a green leather boxcase.
Credit: 
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), 1906.
Description: 
6 panels, bound : boxwood, ill. ; 70 x 129 mm
Provenance: 
Baron Camuccini, Rome, 1844; Godefroy Brauer, Paris, ca. 1900; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Brauer in 1906; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).
Notes: 

Boxwood sketchbook of 6 panels with 9 drawings, executed in France, probably Paris, ca. 1400. Additional panel from the same sketchbook is under M.346a.
William Voelkle notes that "Millard Meiss has dated the most beautiful, finished and best known of the drawings (fols. 1v, 2, 2v, 3v) about 1400-1405, but rightly suggests that some of the drawings on the other folios (4, 5v) represent a style that is at least a generation earlier, a view also shared by Ulrike Jenni. A third completely different style is represented by the head on fol. 6, which was added considerably later in the fifteenth century."--Cf. Gesta, XX/1, p.45.
Decoration: 6 boxwood panels, which contain 9 drawings washed with white gesso and incorporating sketches/figure studies executed in metalpoint.
Artist: circle of Jacquemart de Hesdin.
The accession number MS M.346 was formerly assigned to Plutarch's Les histoires des vertueuses femmes faictes du grec ..., which is currently accessioned under MA 559a.

Variant Title: 

Boxwood sketchbook