Collection Bonomi MSS - Joseph Bonomi Collection

Sphinx, Great Pyramid, Memphis etc Pyramids of Sakkara Lisht etc. Egypt. Maidum. Pyramid of Snefru. Egypt. Maidum. Pyramid of Snefru. Egypt. Dahshur. Pyramid Field. Egypt. Saqqara. Mastabet Faraun. Egypt. Saqqara. Mastabet Faraun. Egypt. Saqqara. Mastabet Faraun. Egypt. Saqqara. Step pyramid enclosure of Netjerikhet. Tiled rooms I and II. Egypt. Saqqara. Step pyramid enclosure of Netjerikhet. Step pyramid. Egypt. El-Lisht. North Pyramid of Amenemhet I. Egypt. Maidum. Pyramid of Snefru. Egypt. Saqqara. Step pyramid enclosure of Netjerikhet. Underground rooms. Illegible text. Female figure carrying vessel on head. 'Egypt in Tears'. Kneeling woman holding a flower in front of Pyramid complex at Giza. Profile of a female head. Egypt. Thebes. West Bank. Ramesseum. First Pylon. Inner face. Ramesses II with fanbearers, etc. Thebes Egypt. Four views. Egypt. Karnak. Great Temple of Amun. Tenth Pylon. Egypt. Thebes. West Bank. Deir el-Bahari. Egypt. Thebes. West Bank. Deir el-Bahari. Stone-built archway (?). Egypt. Thebes. East Bank. Karnak Temple. Avenue of crio-sphinxes. Egypt. Thebes. East Bank. Luxor Temple. Egypt. Thebes. East Bank. Karnak Temple. Temple of Khons. Hypostyle. Drawings Various Landscape with house Landscape with house and tree, and sketch of tree Tree, and landscape with trees
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Bonomi MSS

Title

Joseph Bonomi Collection

Date(s)

  • c. 1824-1870s (Creation)

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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 living 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, some later rearrangement was done by Bonomi's descendants [Bonomi MSS 1-52].
2) Typescript of diary, carbon-copy(?) typescript of extracts from Joseph Bonomi’s diary, entries for periods in Egypt dating between 25th March 1829 to 26th May 1834 [Bonomi MSS 53].

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 and has no current contact information.

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:

  • list and notes for the Egyptian porfolios by Dr Rosalind L. B. Moss (some of the references in them are quoted in the Topographical Bibliography and are also being recorded in the final catalogue under 'PM reference'),
  • preliminary catalogue for the Egyptian and Near Eastern portfolios [Bonomi MSS 1-32],
  • final catalogue of the entire collection in progress on this website.

2) Typescript of extracts from Bonomi’s diary, none.

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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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  • Antonia Burgess-Freshwater created the preliminary catalogue for the Egyptian and Near Eastern portfolios [Bonomi MSS 1-32].
  • Elsie McLaughlin is currently working on the final catalogue for the Egyptian and Near Eastern portfolios [Bonomi MSS 1-32] on this website, under the supervision of Francisco Bosch-Puche.
  • Beatrice Law and Mia Parnall (placement programme for BA students in Art History) created the final catalogue for the Classical portfolios [Bonomi MSS 33-52] on this website, under the supervision of Francisco Bosch-Puche.

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  • The dimensions given for each item are maximum width per maximum height.

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  • Shelf: 1211A, 1212