Last week we saw that two cuttings illuminated by Frate Nebridio passed from the Ottley sale in 1838, to Robert Hoe, and eventually to the Houghton Library, where they form part of MS Typ 979.
Looking through the thirteen cuttings that comprise MS Typ 979, I found that eight of the others have also been attributed to Frate Nebridio . This raises the possibility that they all passed together, as a group (via as yet unidentified intermediary owners), from Ottley to Hoe. So can any of these other Nebridio cuttings be identified in the Ottley sale catalogue?I plan to discuss the arrangment of the 1838 Ottley catalogue in more detail on a later occasion, but for now it is enough to state that lots are arranged in a very rough chronological sequence on each day of the sale, often in groups by school or artist: thus, for example, lots 41-48 are "all by the same artist" (Stefano da Verona; cf. this post), lots 65-122 (i.e. the second half of the first day's sale) are said to be from the Certosa at Pavia (in fact they are come from the Olivetan house at Villanova del Sillaro, 25km east to Pavia; cf. this post), lots 179-180 are "by Giotto" (in fact they are from the Laudario of Sant' Agnese, illuminated by Pacino), and lots 181-188 are by Don Silvestro (cf. this post).
"174 Nine—Two Apostles; a Bishop giving the Benediction, &c."
|"Two Apostles" (Sts Philip & James)|
MS Typ 979(2) [Source]
|"a Bishop giving the Benediction"|
MS Typ 979(9) [Source]
|MS Typ 979(6, 7) [Source]|
|MS Typ 979(13) [Source]|
|"174 / 9"|
|"Lot 721 / 6"|
 Sandra Bandera, ‘Persistenze tardogotiche a Cremona: Frate Nebridio e altri episodi’, Paragone, vol. 28 no. 323 (1977), 34–72, pls. 1–31, at 55-56, 70 n. 87, and tavv. 19a, 20a, b, c, d; 21a, b; 22a, b; and 23.
For a brief introduction to Nebridio in English, summarising earlier bibliography, see Pia Palladino, Treasures of a Lost Art: Italian Manuscript Painting of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (New York, 2003), nos. 62a-d pp. 128-31.