Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.190
Book of Hours
Poitiers, France, ca. 1450.
French 17th-century red morocco with the crowned monograms and arms of Philippe de Béthune, comte de Selles et Charost, 1603-1665; lettered: Heures de Louis 11me.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1902.
61 leaves (1 column, 17 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 216 x 180 mm
Made for Louise-Marie de Rieux, wife of Louis d'Amboise; collection of Philippe de Béthune (1603-1665); sale by Sotheby's (London, Nov. 22, 1897, no. 823) to Pickering for Richard Bennett; Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources, no. 73; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) with the Bennett Collection in 1902; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. book of hours containing the Office of the Dead for the use of Rome and the Hours of the Passion; written and illuminated in Poitiers, France, ca. 1450.
This volume one of four into which the original manuscript was divided in the 17th century; the three others are in Paris (Bibliothèque nationale, Latin 1170); Tours (Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 217); and Edinburgh (National Library of Scotland, MS 32).
Decoration: 7 large miniatures, borders with flowers and birds.
Artist: Master of Marguerite d'Orléans.
There is a very close resemblance between the Betrayal (fol. 42r), Christ Bearing the Cross (fol. 47r) and the Crucifixion (fol. 54v) in the Hours of Marie de Rieux and these subjects in the Hours of Marguerite d'Orléans, dated ca. 1430, (BNF Ms. Latin 1156B, fols. 133, 137 and 141).