The Helmingham Breviary by Unknown Artist

The breviary consists of 205 leaves and its Latin text contains the material necessary for reciting the eight services that make up the daily office arranged according to liturgical year.


Leather bound manuscript (ink & gold leaf on vellum)
43.5 x 31 x 10 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £102,338)
Acquired in:

This is followed by a psalter and a sanctorale. The page illustrated heads the psalms and portrays the figure of King David, who is traditionally believed to have composed them, seated and playing the harp.


Priory of St Leonrad, Norwich until circa 1545; Tollemache family, Helmingham Hall, Suffolk; Sotheby's, 1955; Alan Thomas; Sotheby's, 1993.

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Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Hill, NORWICH Norfolk NR1 3JU 01603 493625

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