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Book of Hours for Sarum Use (Mostyn Hours)
England, probably London, c. 1470
Probably Illustrator B of Fitzwilliam Museum 56

Christ Carrying the Cross. This Book of Hours illustrates the midday hour of Sext (about noon) with a miniature of Christ Carrying the Cross, an event from the end of Christ's life rather than from his Infancy. English Books of Hours often decorated the Hours of the Virgin with scenes from the Passion (the last days of Christ's life). Few Books of Hours belonging to English owners survive since many religious manuscripts were destroyed in the sixteenth century on orders from King Henry VIII and the Church of England.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gift of Mrs. Philip S. Collins in memory of her husband. 1945-65- 6, fol. 68v

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