China Court: the Hours of a Country House: A Novel

China Court: the Hours of a Country House: A Novel

China Court: the Hours of a Country House: A Novel

China Court: the Hours of a Country House: A Novel

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"Nox praceéssit, dies autem appropinquavit. . . ." The night is far on its course; day draws near.

(Little Chapter for Lauds from Mrs. Quin Day Hours )

THE VISITATION. The scene takes place in a walled garden. The Virgin holds the half-kneeling Elizabeth in her arms and raises her to her feet. Zacharias stands by with bowed head. On the right-hand side is part of the house with the door open giving the spectator a glimpse of a charming interior. A woman is watching the scene through an open upper window.

Full border of flowers, harebells and strawberries and ivy leaves, painted in colours and heightened with gold. Figure of a monkey making a long nose with both hands at the woman watching the scene from the window.

(Miniature facing the opening of Lauds in the Horae Beatae Virginis Mariae, from the Hours of Robert Bonnefoy) . . .

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