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Plates Illustrative Of The Researches And Operations Of G. Belzoni In Egypt And Nubia

Print
1820 (first published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Print depicting the interior of a temple at Ybsambul (Wawat), with two figures marvelling at the colossal statues inside. It is a plate from the 'Researches And Operations Of G. Belzoni In Egypt And Nubia'. Volume of plates (44) on 34 sheets, with descriptive text. Quarter bound in black morocco, with label lettered with title and price, pasted on front cover. The volume contains prints made in a variety of techniques, lithographs, lithographs coloured by hand, etchings coloured by hand, soft ground etchings coloured by hand, etchings and aquatints. Most plates lettered with title and numbered. Many plates lettered with name(s) of artist(s). Each page lettered variously with the publisher's name and address.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleView Of The Interior Of The Temple At Ybsambul In Nubia. Opened by G.Belzoni, 1818 (assigned by artist)
Materials and Techniques
Print
Brief Description
Print entitled 'View Of The Interior Of The Temple At Ybsambul In Nubia. Opened by G.Belzoni, 1818', from 'Plates Illustrative Of The Researches And Operations Of G. Belzoni In Egypt And Nubia' published by John Murray. Volume of plates (44) on 34 sheets, with descriptive text. Great Britain, 1820.
Physical Description
Print depicting the interior of a temple at Ybsambul (Wawat), with two figures marvelling at the colossal statues inside. It is a plate from the 'Researches And Operations Of G. Belzoni In Egypt And Nubia'. Volume of plates (44) on 34 sheets, with descriptive text. Quarter bound in black morocco, with label lettered with title and price, pasted on front cover. The volume contains prints made in a variety of techniques, lithographs, lithographs coloured by hand, etchings coloured by hand, soft ground etchings coloured by hand, etchings and aquatints. Most plates lettered with title and numbered. Many plates lettered with name(s) of artist(s). Each page lettered variously with the publisher's name and address.

Dimensions
  • Size of covers height: 50.1cm
  • Width: 62.4cm
Dimensions taken from departmental notes
Marks and Inscriptions
Each page lettered variously 'London. Published by J.Murray, 1820' or 'London, Published 1820, by John Murray, Albermarle Street'. Some pages lettered variously 'C.Hullmandel's Lithography' or 'Printed by C.Hullmandel'. (Lettered)
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A
Subjects depicted
Places Depicted
Bibliographic Reference
BELZONI, Giovanni Battista (1778 1823) Italian, born in Padua. Leading excavator, explorer, and draughtsman in Egypt. Travelled in Europe, and came to England in 1803, where he worked as a Strong Man in Sadlers Wells Theatre. In Malta, 1815, he met an agent of Muhammad Ali Pasha of Egypt who suggested that he could use his knowledge of hydraulics there. Subsequently worked for Henry Salt in Egypt as engineer and excavator. His achievements included clearing the Temple of Ramesses II (Abu Simbel), discovering six tombs in the Valley of the Kings, and opening the Pyramid of Chephren (Giza). He left Egypt in 1819; held an exhibition at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, 1821-22, and published various accounts of his discoveries. He died during an expedition to find the source of the river Niger the following year.
Collection
Accession Number
SP.94:43

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