Four stunning double-page compositions and twenty-eight other large miniatures compliment the text of this beguiling Book of Hours in a lively style.
Interestingly, some of the smaller illuminated miniatures were a later addition, painted over already-written text passages, a detail which adds a trace of this manuscript's production process to the overall beauty of the work. Even more unusual is the choice of iconography by the artist, wherein the true character and charm of the book truly shines. Scenes like the “Rest on the Return from Egypt” (f. 59v) were chosen instead of the better known “Flight into Egypt”. The “Arrival of the Three Magi” features one of the wise men riding an elephant, while the usual scene of the “Adoration of the Magi” is featured on the opposite page to tell the next chapter of the story. This magnificent prayerbook exhibits an innovative approach to devotional illustration. Its intricately decorated calendar pages, which portray scenes such as wine-making, swine-killing, and falling in love, suggest that the Master of Spencer 6 had been inspired by the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry.
The patron of this impressive work is difficult to identify: while forms of the poem Obsecro te are in the masculine, suggesting a male patron, the G and H initials found tied in a lover’s bow in the borders and in a column on f. 53r suggest a dual-patronage. One can also find portraits within the manuscript and a mysterious figure (potentially a knight) praying before Christ in Majesty (f. 93r). Perhaps in the future, scholars will be able to ascertain the identity of the patron of this stunning work, however the near-perfect condition of the miniatures and detailed calendar pages speak for themselves.