Item Bonomi MSS 49.26 - Egypt. Red Sea Coast. Gebel el-Zeit. Hasan on his dromedary.

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Bonomi MSS 49.26


Egypt. Red Sea Coast. Gebel el-Zeit. Hasan on his dromedary.


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"Hasan on his dromedary" with another man on foot passing by a large bird nest at Gebel el-Zeit, on the Red Sea Coast:
-pencil sketch/tracing on tracing paper
-31.1 x 18.6 cm

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford

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  • The nest was probably seen by James Burton or Charles Humphreys in 1823; Joseph Bonomi could have not been at Gebel el-Zeit as he did not arrive in Cairo and meet Burton and Humphreys until November 1824. He could have copied something drawn by either of them.
  • Different versions, including two pencil drawings and a partial sketch, in the "Album of drawings of Egyptian subjects" by Joseph Bonomi at the Victoria and Albert Museum (see [perhaps by Charles Humphreys].
  • Two other watercolour versions in a Bonhams sale in 2009, and now in a private collection in Madrid (Spain) [attributed to Joseph Bonomi].
  • Another watercolour version in the Burton collection at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery [attributed to James Burton, although perhaps by Charles Humphreys].
  • Another watercolour version with the family [presumably by Joseph Bonomi].
  • We are grateful to Neil Cooke for this additional information.

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