The Macclesfield Alphabet by Unknown Artist

The British Library has the most extensive collection of English medieval and late medieval manuscript holdings.


Details

Medium:
Ink, paint & gold on payment
Dimensions:
25 x 17.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£150,000 ( Total: £600,000)
Acquired in:
2009
Vendor:
Private vendor

Only a handful of medieval artists’ model books like this one survive. Macclesfield Alphabet Book is of outstanding significance for re-assessing the role of individual and workshop production of luxury books in late-medieval Britain. It is filled with fourteen different types of alphabets, ranging from simple letters in Gothic script to large coloured anthropomorphic initials modelled after fifteenth-century woodcuts or engravings. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

By descent through the Earls of Macclesfield since circa 1750 as part of the Shirburn Library.

Venue details

British Library 96 Euston Road, LONDON London NW1 2DB 020 7412 7332 www.bl.uk

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