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Album of Near Eastern Antiquities

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1820-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Half-bound in calf

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

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  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 85, shelf TOP

Physical description

Album consisting of manuscript text, drawings and tracings, and plates, collated from a variety of sources on Near Eastern antiquities. Half-bound in calf


1820-1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Half-bound in calf

Marks and inscriptions

Most inscribed with title; map inscribed with place names


Height: 31.1 cm covers, Width: 47.9 cm

Object history note

Rodney Searight Collection

Historical context note

The album is roughly divisible into 6 parts [SD.184:1-6]. SD.184:1 is copied and abridged from James Bruce, Travels to discover the Source of the Nile, 1805, 2nd edition, 8 vols including plate volume, Edinburgh and London, 1805, Book I, Chapters V and VI. Tracings of Pls 6,7,10,11, and 13, from the plate volume, and a diagrammatic map from Cairo to the Island of Philae (presumably of Bruce's journey).
Regarding transcripts, tracings and copies, the compiler of the album may have used alternative editions of the publications mentioned. For attribution of the album to Sir Robert Ker Porter, see Searight Archive.

Descriptive line

First section of an album, comprising 11 pages of manuscript text and drawings, copied and abridged from James Bruce, Travels to discover the Source of the Nile, 1805. Artist unknown, 1820-1830.

Subjects depicted

Sphinxes; Maps; Obelisks; Reliefs; Ruins; Architectural drawings; Temples


Drawings; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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