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

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (possibly, drawn)
    Britain (published)

  • Date:

    1820 (first published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Belzoni, Giovanni Battista, born 1778 - died 1823 (artist)
    John Murray (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Print

  • 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:

    SP.94:32

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 89, shelf 8

Physical description

Print depicting a archaeological plans, 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.

Place of Origin

Egypt (possibly, drawn)
Britain (published)

Date

1820 (first published)

Artist/maker

Belzoni, Giovanni Battista, born 1778 - died 1823 (artist)
John Murray (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Print

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

Dimensions

Height: 50.1 cm Size of covers, Width: 62.4 cm

Descriptive line

Print entitled 'Various Plans of Temples, Tombs, &c.' 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.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

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.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Archeology; Temples; Egyptian; Ancient; Plans; Tombs

Categories

Prints; Archaeology

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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