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Keyl reported in a letter that he had learned from Sir Edwin Landseer that 'The Queen was quite delighted with my Lambs brought them herself with her own hands into his bedroom – thought it quite Preraphaelite'.<br>
<br>Signed and dated: F.W. Keyl /

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The Sobieski Hours c. 1430-40

Manuscript on vellum; decorated initials and borders in bodycolour and gold leaf. 234 folios, numbered in pencil. | 28.6 x 19.7 x 6.5 cm (book measurement (conservation)) | RCIN 1142248

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Bound in red velvet, with gold foliate corner-pieces and clasps on fore-edge, gold oval plaque to centre with crowned JRP (Johannes Rex Poloniorum, John King of Poland) monogram.
This manuscript was written and illuminated c. 1430, initially in the worksh

The Sobieski Hours ©

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter, the day on which Christ was crucified. It was a central scene in the Hours of the Passion in any medieval book of hours (a prayer book used by the laity, people not in holy orders). One of the ways we mark Good Friday today is by eating hot cross buns to commemorate Christ’s death on the cross.

This beautiful manuscript was presented to the Prince Regent (later George IV) by Cardinal York, grandson of James II and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s younger brother.