Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Burlington Fine Arts Club Exhibition, Winter 1926-27 [Part II] - Addendum 2


In a previous post I identified one of the leaves that was exhibited at the 1926-27 BFAC exhibition.

A private collector who owns another leaf from this volume (shown above) has contacted me and told me that his leaf was sold at Sotheby's, 2 Dec 2003, lot 26. I had annotated my copy of this catalogue with references to several other sales, which enables me to provide a much more detailed provenance for the parent volume and some of the individual leaves:

A member of the Florentine Strozzi family? According to a description of the David Harping leaf (Sotheby's, 18 June 1991, lot 44, see below), "The arms seem to have been those of Strozzi, perhaps the great Filippo Strozzi the Elder (1426-91)". The identification of the heraldry does seem plausible:


In the same catalogue it is proposed that the way in which the miniatures have been inset into a larger sheet of gilt-edged vellum suggests it they were owned by John Boykett Jarman (who is studied in a well known article by Janet Backhouse) and would thus be lot 5 in his sale, Sotheby's, 13 June 1864, lot 5, bought by Joseph Lilly:

This identification is possible, but only seven (not ten) leaves are recorded later, and the quoted rubric ends with the words "Romanæ Ecclesiæ", whereas in the manuscript (see below) it ends "romane curie".
Edit, 5 March 2017:
The 1991 Sotheby's description records "The inlaying of the leaf on a larger sheet of gilt edged vellum", something that is not mentioned in the description of lot 5 in the 1864 Jarman catalogue, shown above. Lot 51 in the same sale, however, is a much better match, both because it records the miniatures being "mounted on vellum", and because it records 7, not 10, miniatures:
Presumably at least five additional leaves were owned by Stuart Gerald Davis (1866-1951) when he lent two, the Crucifixion and Last Judgement, to the BFAC exhibition in 1926-27.

The 1991 Sotheby's catalogue records a pencilled inscription on the back as Stanley P. Davis, presumably the next owner and a relative of Stuart Gerald Davis.

Seven leaves with miniatures were sold as the property of The Right Reverend N.W. Newnham Davis (1903-66) (on whom see here, presumably a relative of the previous owners, Stanley P. and Stuart Gerald Davis), at Sotheby's, 11 July 1966, lots 199-205. Most have re-appeared on the market since then:
  • Annunciation. 11 July 1966, lot 199 (ill.), bought by Colnaghi.
  • Virgin and Child. 11 July 1966, lot 200, bought by Colnaghi. 10 July 1972, lot 8. 2 December 2003, lot 26 (col.ill.). Private Collection, California.
  • Crucifixion. S.G. Davis, lent to the BFAC exhibition 1926-27. 11 July 1966, lot 201, bought by Maggs. Maggs, Bulletin 4 (September 1966), no.59A (ill.). 8 July 1970, lot 32 (ill.).
  • David and Nathan. 11 July 1966, lot 202 (ill.), bought by Colnaghi. 8 July 2014, lot 36 (col.ill.), unsold, re-offered 2 December 204, lot 38 (col.ill.).
  • David Playing the Harp. 11 July 1966, lot 203, bought by Maggs. Maggs, Bulletin 5 (April 1967), no.16 (ill.). 18 June 1991, lot 44 (col.ill.)
  • Last Judgement. S.G. Davis, lent to the BFAC exhibition 1926-27. 11 July 1966, lot 204, bought by Berès. I do not have an image of this; it was described as follows:
  • Funeral Service. 11 July 1966, lot 205, bought by Maggs. Maggs, Bulletin 5 (April 1967), no.17 (ill.). 18 June 2002, lot 13 (col.ill.)
It seems clear that the leaves would have been in facing pairs, with a full-page miniature on a verso, and the start of a text with an historiated initial on the facing recto:
  • Hours of the Virgin: Annunciation facing the Virgin and Child
  • Hours of the Cross: Crucifixion facing  ??
  • Seven Penitential Psalms: David and Nathan facing David Harping
  • Office of the Dead: Last Judgement facing Funeral Service
If the series originally consisted of ten leaves, as described in the 1864 Jarman auction catalogue, then the other three would presumably be the start of the Hours of the Cross (to face the Crucifixion), and two leaves at the beginning of the Hours of the Spirit, doubtless including an image of Pentecost.

EDIT, 6 March 2017 
I am going to have to re-think and re-write parts of this post. An attentive reader has pointed out that I have conflated two different leaves: in the BFAC exhibition, the 1966 auction catalogue, and the 1966 Maggs catalogue, the Crucifixion was in a historiated initial, whereas the Crucifixion reproduced above, from the 1970 catalogue, is a full-page miniature.

1 comment:

  1. I very much enjoy your blog and on this occasion add a little information. Part of my retirement is spent upgrading DNB entries with further genealogical details. I was able to do this with the Davis family and show the relationships and also identify another sale as follows. Cliff Webb

    William Davis, bookseller was the father of

    Henry Newnham Davis (9 Sep 1826-1 Mar 1873) architect married St Marylebone 23 Nov 1852 Mary Davis daughter of Henry Newnham of the East India Company. Part of his library was sold 26-27 Nov 1900. The Glasgow Herald of 17 Nov and 28 Nov 1900 and The Morning Post of 28 Nov lists several illuminated Mss.

    He had the following children:

    Nathaniel Newnham (6 Nov 1854-28 May 1917), lieutenant colonel
    Henry Newnham (30 Sep 1855-8 Dec 1925).
    Ellen Harriet (25 Nov 1856-, married Henry Humfrey Sealy 14 Jan 1886)
    William Herbert (8 Apr 1858-6 Jun 1904). See below
    Arthur Porter (14 Apr 1861-6 May 1895)
    Stanley Percy (23 Dec 1866-16 May 1945)
    Stuart Gerald (23 Dec 1866-Mar 1951) was principally a collector of pottery which he bequeathed to the V&A (Illustrated London News 23 Jun 1951).

    William Herbert above, M.D. married Dorothy Mabel Raper (18 May 1878-6 Nov 1938) in 1898 had the following child. Dorothy remarried in 1915 to Frederick Lord Aldersey Packman.

    Nathaniel William Newnham Davis (17 Jul 1903-28 Jul 1966), bishop of Antigua

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