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Backhouse, Janet

Overview
Works: 168 works in 562 publications in 2 languages and 10,127 library holdings
Genres: Illustrated works  Exhibition catalogs  History  Catalogs  Art  Biography  Pictures  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Other, Collector, Contributor, Creator, Dedicatee, Author of introduction, Redactor
Classifications: ND3359.L5, 745.67
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Most widely held works by Janet Backhouse
The Lindisfarne Gospels by Janet Backhouse( Book )

49 editions published between 1981 and 2004 in English and held by 1,440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains the major decorative pages and binding from the Lindisfarne Gospels with an accompanying text explaining the Gospels and their history
The illuminated manuscript by Janet Backhouse( Book )

42 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in English and held by 1,230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first manuscript featured here is the priceless Lindisfarne Gospels. It was written and illuminated at the end of the seventh century, when Europe was still largely heathen and the British Isles were on the outer limit of the known world. The last colour plate shows a map of the New World and dates from about a thousand years later when Europe was going through Reformation and Counter-Reformation. It is easy to forget that paintings in manuscripts far outnumber all other types of painting and decoration during this period. They are vital witnesses to the development of European art, but they were always conceived as book illustrations and always intimately connected with a text. Janet Backhouse also points out that illumination was a craft rather than an art in the twentieth-century sense, and that by the thirteenth century the production of books was a professional business. The popular belief that all manuscripts were made by monks toiling away in draughty cloisters can only be true of the early Middle Ages. The technicalities of manuscript production are clearly explained: the vellum for a single volume of the great Carolingian or Romanesque Bibles may be thought of in terms of a flock of between two and three hundred sheep. But it is the illuminations themselves and their variety both in style and content that are so amazing. All the plates, which are drawn from Bibles, Psalters, Bestiaries, Books of Hours, Lives of Saints, Romances and many other sources, are selected from the magnificent collection of the British Library. -- Inside jacket flap
The Golden age of Anglo-Saxon art, 966-1066( Book )

26 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renaissance painting in manuscripts : treasures from the British Library by Janet Backhouse( Book )

16 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Making of England : Anglo-Saxon art and culture, AD 600-900 by Leslie Webster( Book )

16 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The illuminated page : ten centuries of manuscript painting in the British Library by Janet Backhouse( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The British Library boasts the world's finest collection of medieval manuscripts, due largely to the interest and enterprise of individual bibliophiles and connoisseurs over several centuries whose libraries have made their way, by a variety of routes, into the national collection. The manuscripts featured in this book range in date from the 7th to the 17th century, embrace both devotional and secular material, and span a geographical area bounded by the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem in the east and the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria in the north-west. Some of them, such as the Luttrell Psalter or the Bedford Hours, are already well-known but the majority remain unfamiliar to the general public. Most of the subjects chosen are reproduced here in colour for the first time
Medieval rural life in the Luttrell Psalter by Janet Backhouse( Book )

14 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Luttrell Psalter, written and illuminated in England early in the fourteenth century for Sir Geoffrrey Luttrell of Irnham in Lincolnshire, is one of the most famous manuscripts in the world on account of the numerous scenes of everyday life in the medieval English countryside that mingle with the religious images on its pages." "Written by internationally respected expert Janet Backhouse, Medieval Rural Life in the Luttrell Psalter focuses on the experience of work and domestic life on the Luttrell Manors as depicted in the wealth of attractive marginal illustrations contained in the manuscript. A fascinating account of rural life in the Middle Ages."--Jacket
Books of hours by Janet Backhouse( Book )

21 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and German and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sherborne missal by Janet Backhouse( Book )

12 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this study, the first since the manuscript came into the public domain, Janet Backhouse explores the Missal's creation and history and assesses its importance as a masterpiece in the history of English art."--BOOK JACKET
Illuminating the book : makers and interpreters : essays in honour of Janet Backhouse by Scot McKendrick( Book )

9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illuminating the Book: Makers and Interpreters is published in honour of Janet Backhouse, Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at The British Library, who retired in 1998 after a 35-year career at the British Museum and Library. Many eminent scholars and colleagues have contributed essays reflecting Janet's own research interests, particularly in the later Middle Ages and Renaissance, and in the interaction between English collectors and continental book producers
The Isabella Breviary by Janet Backhouse( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Breviary of Queen Isabella of Castile is one of the most splendid of Flemish illuminated manuscripts, notable for the verve and originality of its miniatures. This is the first time it has been the subject of a substantial separate publication, providing comprehensive coverage of its contents and decoration." "The manuscript was presented to Isabella by Francisco de Rojas, apparently to mark the occasion of the double marriage of her son and daughter to the children of Maximilian, King of the Romans, and his first wife, Mary of Burgundy. De Rojas had acted for Isabella and her husband, King Ferdinand of Aragon, throughout the marriage negotiations, which were concluded in 1495. Isabella had a strong interest in Flemish art and this sumptuous devotional book must have been much to her taste." "Breviaries, normally produced for the use of the clergy, are much less common than books of hours. They contain a larger and more varied body of texts, affording their artists a wider range of subject matter and extensive decorative opportunities. In the case of the Isabella Breviary, no effort was spared to produce an illustrative scheme on a grand scale. Two outstanding workshops of the day are represented. The greater part of the manuscript is due to the Master of the Dresden Prayerbook, whose contribution includes a number of unusual Old Testament subjects. Many of the illustrations of saints are by the Master of James IV of Scotland. In addition there are four magnificent miniatures closely related to (and possibly in the hand of) Gerard David."--BOOK JACKET
The Becket leaves by Janet Backhouse( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illumination from books of hours by Janet Backhouse( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This extensively illustrated book acts as an introduction to some of the most beautiful and historically interesting manuscripts in the collections of the British Library, and contains 140 full-colour reproductions from this rich tradition. Selected and with an introduction by Janet Backhouse, Illuminations from Books of Hours offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a wide range of examples from these precious manuscripts, many of which have never been reproduced before
Medieval birds in the Sherborne missal by Janet Backhouse( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Sherborne Missal, one of the most important surviving medieval English manuscripts, contains a wealth of marginal illustrations of wild birds, painted with skill and vivacity. Some of the birds are imaginary creations of the artist but the majority are evidently real birds, although not all of these can identified with certainty. All forty-eight are reproduced here and most are well observed and readily recognisable. The majority are accompanied by their names, written out in middle English, offering an almost unparalleled source of vernacular bird names in common use during the generation after Chaucer wrote his Canterbury Tales." "This is the first time that all birds form the Sherborne Missal have been reproduced together in sequence and this beautifully illustrated book provides an insight into a fascinating aspect of England's natural history in the middle ages."--Jacket
William Caxton : an exhibition to commemorate the quincentenary of the introduction of printing into England : British Library Reference Division, 24 September 1976-31 January 1977 by British Library( Book )

7 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Lindisfarne Gospels : a masterpiece of book painting by Janet Backhouse( Book )

13 editions published between 1981 and 2000 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The illuminated page : ten centuries of manuscript painting in the British Library by Janet Backhouse( Book )

15 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The early centuries -- Romanesque Europe -- Early Gothic manuscripts -- Later Gothic manuscripts -- International cross-currents around 1400 -- The prelude to printing -- The later 15th century -- Renaissance patrons
The Bedford Hours by Janet Backhouse( Book )

14 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Luttrell psalter by Janet Backhouse( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written and illuminated in the early 14th century for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell of Irnham in Lincolnshire, it is known for its long series of attractive marginal illustrations showing scenes of rural life in medieval England
The Luttrell psalter by Janet Backhouse( Book )

11 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The Lindisfarne Gospels
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The illuminated manuscriptThe illuminated page : ten centuries of manuscript painting in the British LibraryMedieval rural life in the Luttrell PsalterBooks of hoursThe Sherborne missalIlluminating the book : makers and interpreters : essays in honour of Janet BackhouseThe Isabella BreviaryThe Becket leaves
Alternative Names
Janet Backhouse bibliotecaria británica (1938–2004)

Janet Backhouse Brits bibliothecaresse (1938-2004)

Janet Backhouse conservateur, Department of manuscripts, British library, Londres

Janet Backhouse English scholar

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Languages
English (313)

German (1)