Initial from a Choir Book
Charles Brinsley Marlay
cutting (manuscript); sub-category
other; type of text
circa 1500 circa 1510
early sixteenth century
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 120 x 113 mm, one fragmentary four-line musical stave ruled in red ink and a fragmentary word, meam, on reverse.
DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of acanthus, flowers and scaled shafts on gold ground within a blue and silver frame: [D] King David penitent, string instrument behind him.
Italy, Veneto, probably Veneto
Italy, production, region
bequeathed; 1912; Marlay, Charles Brinsley
No. 132 in a nineteenth-century French sale catalogue, in which the initials are described as sixteenth-century German (catalogue cutting pasted to mount)
Marlay, Charles Brinsley; previous owner
Marlay cuttings Z.7a, Z.7b and Z.7c: Three initials from a Choir Book. Four initials from a Choir Book illuminated in a very similar style and colour scheme are in Phildelphia, Free Library, Lewis E M 24:18 and 29:13-15. The latter initial, 29:15, is identical in design with Marlay cutting Z.7c.
Wormald & Giles. 1982. A descriptive catalogue of the additional illuminated manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): p. 150
Object Number: Marlay cutting Z. 7b
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 178556; input: 2010-11-11; modified: 2012-08-20)