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Master of Sir John Fastolf  

active: 1420 - 1460

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The Master of Sir John Fastolf was an anonymous illuminator active in France and England in the second quarter of the 1400s, during the period of French-English strife known as the Hundred Years War. The Master's name comes from a manuscript he illuminated for Sir John Fastolf in England around 1450.

The Master of Sir John Fastolf first worked in Paris with the Boucicaut Master before 1420 and then moved to Rouen. The English, who dominated this thriving commercial center, became the Master's patrons. Sometime before the surrender of Rouen to the French in 1449, the Master moved to England. After his departure, his influence continued to be felt in Rouen, chiefly because of his practice of outlining forms, which made his compositions easy to reproduce. His style is characterized by boldly drawn figures with expressive features and landscapes constructed of flat surface patterns and stylized natural details.

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Book of Hours / Spitz Master
Book of Hours

French, about 1420

Book of Hours / M. of John Fastolf
Book of Hours

French, about 1430

Patron and Angel / M. of John Falstof
Patron and Angel

French? about 1430

Saint Michael / M. of John Fastolf
Saint Michael

France, about 1430

Saint Denis / M. of John Fastolf
Saint Denis

France, about 1430