Book of hours

Accession number: 
MS M.96
Book of hours
Tours, France, ca. 1480.
French 17th-century red morocco, in 20th-century beige morocco case by Marguerite Duprez Lahey.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1902.
225 leaves (1 column, 15 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 156 x 96 mm
Original owner: D.B. (?); said to have belonged to King James II of England; given in 1702 by Mrs. Hopwood to an English collector; bought (May 24, 1895) by Richard Bennett, his Catalogue, no. 66; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1902; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. book of hours for the use of Tours; written and illuminated in Tours, France, ca. 1480.
Decoration: 17 miniatures, 2 historiated initials.
Artists: 15 miniatures by Master of Morgan 96; miniature of the Annunciation by an unknown artist; miniature of the Holy Family by Jean Bourdichon.
In 1982, Plummer identified the Master of Morgan 96 and the Master of Morgan 366 (cf. his Last flowering). In 1993, Avril and Reynaud renamed the Master of Morgan 96 and the Master of Morgan 366 as a single artist or workshop named Le Maître de Jean Charpentier (cf. Les manuscripts à peintures en France, 1440-1520). In 2004, Roger S. Wieck disputed this blending of the Masters of Morgan 96 and 366 into a single entity, and continued to support the distinction between the Master of Morgan 96 and the Master of Morgan 366 (cf. "Post Poyet" in Excavating the medieval image, p. 252-253).

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