early Parisian printed Books of Hours (Horae) - as design sources for 16C English art

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a pet enthusiasm -- first encountered when I was doing my PhD thesis on the design-sources of the misericords of Beverley Minster(1520 -- the date of the misericords, not of my work on the thesis) since then I've been noticing them everywhere -- the original series are metal-cut dotted prints (maniere criblee). This is a bit of an art-historical nerd board, I fear -- but humour me! Happy to be emailed offsite: malcmjones1@gmail.com

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misericord in Bristol Cathedral carved 1520 -- design derived FROM NEXT. Elsewhere the carvers (and illuminators) seem to have used a truncated version of the motif, featuring only one fleeing putto [SEE BELOW] Bristol Cathedral, Petite Console, Religious Architecture, Book Of Hours, Stalls, Choir, Middle Ages, Parisian, Carving

misericord in Bristol Cathedral carved 1520 -- design derived FROM NEXT. Elsewhere the carvers (and illuminators) seem to have used a truncated version of the motif, featuring only one fleeing putto [SEE BELOW]

This is one of the Crowcombe, Somerset, bench-ends carved in 1534 -- [for the undoubted Parisian Horae source of the small square panel bottom left -- SEE BELOW]. Given that other motifs at Crowcombe derive from 'my' Parisian Horae metal-cuts, I believe this gastrocephalic dragon does too! [SEE ADJACENT] Book Of Hours, Somerset, Parisian, Bench, Dragon, Carving, English, Printed, Metal

This is one of the Crowcombe, Somerset, bench-ends carved in 1534 -- [for the undoubted Parisian Horae source of the small square panel bottom left -- SEE BELOW]. Given that other motifs at Crowcombe derive from 'my' Parisian Horae metal-cuts, I believe this gastrocephalic dragon does too! [SEE ADJACENT]

3 putti flee from 'gastrocephalic' dragon -- maniere criblee metalcut border panel found in numerous Parisian Books of Hours intended for the English market [i. Sarum Use] printed Book Of Hours, Parisian, Nerd, Dragon, English, Printed, Books, Design, Livros

3 putti flee from 'gastrocephalic' dragon -- maniere criblee metalcut border panel found in numerous Parisian Books of Hours intended for the English market [i.e. Sarum Use] printed c.1500

the letter Q from one of the alphabets in the Macclesfield Alphabet Book (English, = BL Add Ms 88887 -- whence image, this is Alphabet Book, Book Of Hours, Parisian, Nerd, Dots, English, Lettering, Printed, Historian

This is where we came ion, or rather, the point at which I felt I'd reached 'critical mass' and where these disproportionately influential yet almost unknown motifs merited their own board! Detaul of the letter Q from one of the early 16C alphabets in the Macclesfield Alphabet Book

the 'gastrocephalic' dragon without fleeing putti -- misericord in Beverley Minster, carved in 1520 -- for printed Horae source SEE PREVIOUS Book Of Hours, Parisian, Dragon, Carving, English, Printed, Metal, Books, Design

the 'gastrocephalic' dragon without fleeing putti -- misericord in Beverley Minster, carved in 1520 -- for printed Horae source SEE PREVIOUS

truncated version of NEXT -- 2 of the 3 putti deleted (my manipulation) for ease of comparison with the version of the motif in the NEXT Throwley misericord (carved and Morgan illuminated French breviary Book Of Hours, Tribal Tattoos, Parisian, Carving, Original Version, English, Printed, The Originals, Books

the pitiless putti-less 'gastrocephalic' dragon [SEE NEXT for the pitiful putti-full (and original) version]

truncated version of NEXT -- 2 of the 3 putti deleted (my manipulation) for ease of comparison with the version of the motif in the NEXT Throwley misericord (carved and Morgan illuminated French breviary Book Of Hours, Tribal Tattoos, Parisian, Carving, Original Version, English, Printed, The Originals, Books

the pitiless putti-less 'gastrocephalic' dragon [SEE NEXT for the pitiful putti-full (and original) version]

one of the early Fetteresso panels recently discussed by Jane Geddes -- no-one has yet been able to explain the legend ALORGIS -- if you can, p[lease enlighten us! Book Of Hours, Parisian, English, Printed, Music, Books, Design, Art, Musica

one of the early 16C Fetteresso panels recently discussed by Jane Geddes -- no-one has yet been able to explain the legend ALORGIS -- if you can, p[lease enlighten us!

gastrocephalic dragon pursues putto -- detail from the lower margin of Pierpont Morgan Library, MS M 463, f.85r., a late 15C French breviary (?Toulouse, c.1495) -- I suggest both this and the snail-riding-dragon motifs derive from the adjacent metal-cut ornaments which decorate the borders of Books of Hours printed in Paris c.1500 Morgan Library, Book Of Hours, Toulouse, Snail, Parisian, Ms, Nerd, Dragon, English

gastrocephalic dragon pursues putto -- detail from the lower margin of Pierpont Morgan Library, MS M 463, f.85r., a late 15C French breviary (?Toulouse, c.1495) -- I suggest both this and the snail-riding-dragon motifs derive from the adjacent metal-cut ornaments which decorate the borders of Books of Hours printed in Paris c.1500

gastrocephalic dragon (head and neck damaged/sheared off) pursues putto -- misericord in parish church, Throwley, Kent, carved -- motif derIves from [ABBREVIATED VERSION OF] Parisian metal-cut ornament -- SEE NEXT Dragon Head, Book Of Hours, Head And Neck, Parisian, Ornament, Carving, English, Statue, Printed

gastrocephalic dragon (head and neck damaged/sheared off) pursues putto -- misericord in parish church, Throwley, Kent, carved c.1520 -- motif derIves from [ABBREVIATED VERSION OF] Parisian metal-cut ornament -- SEE NEXT

truncated version of NEXT -- 2 of the 3 putti deleted (my manipulation) for ease of comparison with the version of the motif in the NEXT Throwley misericord (carved and Morgan illuminated French breviary Book Of Hours, Tribal Tattoos, Parisian, Carving, Original Version, English, Printed, The Originals, Books

truncated version of NEXT -- 2 of the 3 putti deleted (my manipulation) for ease of comparison with the version of the motif in the NEXT Throwley misericord (carved c.1520) and Morgan illuminated French breviary

This may be a derivation too far for the more sceptical of my art historical brethren/sistren but -- giiven what I regard as the proven derivation of grotesques 3 and 4 of this panel [SEE PRECEDING], then I am bold to sugges that this is my pitiless puttiless [see what I did there?] 'gastrocephalic' dragon! Book Of Hours, Parisian, My Arts, Dragon, English, Printed, Books, Design, Livros

This may be a derivation too far for the more sceptical of my art historical brethren/sistren but -- giiven what I regard as the proven derivation of grotesques 3 and 4 of this panel [SEE PRECEDING], then I am bold to sugges that this is my pitiless puttiless [see what I did there?] 'gastrocephalic' dragon!

The Fetteresso St Sebastian panel - -detail of grotesques 3 and 4 St Sebastian, Book Of Hours, Parisian, English, Printed, Detail, Books, Design, Art

The Fetteresso St Sebastian panel - -detail of grotesques 3 and 4

The Fetteresso St Sebastian panel - DETAIL showing grotesque 4 St Sebastian, Book Of Hours, Parisian, English, Printed, The Originals, Books, Detail, Design

The Fetteresso St Sebastian panel - DETAIL showing grotesque 4