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Album of Near Eastern Antiquities

  • Object:

    Album

  • Date:

    1820-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    SD.184:3

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

40 copies of illustrations in an album consisting of manuscript text, drawings and tracings, and plates, collated from a variety of sources on Near Eastern antiquities.

Date

1820-1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink

Marks and inscriptions

Most inscribed with title, some with notes, some numbered with number of original plate

Dimensions

Height: 31.1 cm size of 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]. The drawings in SD.184:3 are copied from Le Bruyn, Travels into Muscovy, Persia, and Part of the East Indies, 2 vols, 1737, Vol.II, Pls 118, 121, 128, 153, 163, and facing p.23, and from Ker Porter, Travels in Georgia, Persia, Armenia, Ancient Babylonia, &c. &c. During the Years 1817, 1818, 1819, and 1820, 2 vols, 1821-2, Vol.1, Pls 12-14, 16, 17, 29-43, 45-54, and Vol. 2, Pl. 50. Map of Persia and the Persian Gulf.
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

Third section of an album, comprising 38 drawings, tracings and copies after Le Bruyn, Travels into Muscovy, Persia, and Part of the East Indies,1737, and after Ker Porter, Travels in Georgia, Persia, Armenia, Ancient Babylonia, &c. &c. During the Years 1817, 1818, 1819, and 1820. Artist unknown, 1820-1830.

Subjects depicted

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

Categories

Drawings; Manuscripts

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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