Collection Bonomi MSS - Joseph Bonomi Collection

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Bonomi MSS

Title

Joseph Bonomi Collection

Date(s)

  • c. 1824-1840s (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

3 atlas size boxes and 1 folder

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Name of creator

(1796-1878)

Biographical history

British sculptor, draughtsman and traveller. Studied at the Royal Academy, awarded a scholarship allowing him to continue his studies in Rome, 1823. Travelled throughout Egypt, Palestine and Syria, with extended periods spent in Egypt between 1824 and 1844, during which time he created a large portfolio of drawings and watercolours. Worked for Robert Hay, James Burton, Edward W. Lane, Sir John Gardner Wilkinson, and Ippolito Rosellini. Was a member of Lepsius's expedition to Egypt between 1842 and 1844. Bonomi assisted Owen Jones, the architect responsible for the design and installation of the Egyptian court, Crystal Palace, 1853. Appointed Curator of the Sir John Soane’s Museum in 1861, a position he held until his death in 1878.

Archival history

1) Bonomi drawings and paintings, in the possession of the Bonomi family for several generations until deposit in the Griffith Institute Archive.
2) Typescript of extracts from Bonomi’s diary, created for the Griffith Institute in the 1940s.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

1) Bonomi drawings and paintings, donated in 1997 by Mrs Vivien Betti, descendant of Joseph Bonomi.
2) Typescript of extracts from Bonomi’s diary, made with permission of Mrs de Cosson, the owner of the original diary in the 1940s when this copy was created.

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Scope and content

1) Bonomi drawings and paintings, 52 handmade ‘portfolios’ containing pencil and pastel drawings, watercolours, tracings and commercial prints, almost certainly arranged by Bonomi.
2) Typescript of diary, carbon-copy(?) typescript of extracts from Joseph Bonomi’s diary, entries dating between 25th March 1829 to 26th May 1834.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

System of arrangement

1) Bonomi drawings and paintings, within the portfolios the material has been kept as received. The portfolios have been categorised into three groups: Egypt, the Near East, and Classical designs.
2) Typescript of extracts from Bonomi’s diary, kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

1) Bonomi drawings and paintings, property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.
2) Typescript of extracts from Bonomi’s diary, property of the de Cosson family in the 1940s. Access to the typescript is provided for study purposes only. Permission to quote from or requests to reproduce from the diary must be acquired from the de Cosson family. The Griffith Institute does not know if the original diary is still in the possession of the de Cosson family.

Conditions governing reproduction

1) Bonomi drawings and paintings, copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.
2) Typescript of extracts from Bonomi’s diary, copyright of the de Cosson family.

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

No problems.

Finding aids

1) Bonomi drawings and paintings, preliminary catalogue.
2) Typescript of extracts from Bonomi’s diary, none.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

1) Bonomi drawings and paintings, these are originals.
2) The original Bonomi diary was in the possession of the de Cosson family in the 1940s.

Existence and location of copies

1) Bonomi drawings and paintings, none.
2) Typescript of extracts from Bonomi’s diary, not known.

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Physical storage

  • Shelf: 1211A, 1212