Collection Clarke MSS - Somers Clarke Collection

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Clarke MSS

Title

Somers Clarke Collection

Date(s)

  • 1880s-1926 (Creation)

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Collection

Extent and medium

7 boxes, 27 notebooks, 11 parcels, 8 rolls, 1 album, and 1 CD

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Name of creator

(1841-1926)

Biographical history

British architect and archaeologist. Born, Brighton 1841. Died, Mehamid 1926. Educated privately. His first architectural appointment was with Sir Gilbert Scott where he was responsible for church restorations. Surveyor of the Fabric, Sir Paul's Cathedral, 1897. Architect to the Dean and Chapter, Chichester Cathedral, 1900. Took up residence in Egypt in the early 1900s after retiring from general practice. Worked with J. J. Taylor at El-Kâb, and was involved with the publishing of some of the private tombs there. Assisted Quibell and Green at Hierakonpolis. Appointed to oversee the restoration of buildings in Egypt, including ancient monuments. Published several books relating to his work on excavations as well as architectural related works.

Archival history

Given to the Society of Antiquaries under the condition that the Keeper of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities at the British Museum, and the Society of Antiquaries were able to extract and retain relevant information for their respective archives. Any residue would then be passed on to the Corporation of Brighton. In the event all three bodies waived their claim on these papers which were then subsequently offered to the Griffith Institute.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Via Mr A. J. Collins, Keeper, Department of Manuscripts, British Museum, 1947. CD with digital copies of plan and photographs of S. Clarke's house at El-Kâb presented by Mr Nicholas Warner in 2008.

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Scope and content

Notebooks, notes, maps, plans, drawings, photographs, and correspondence. There is a small amount of material amongst these papers relating to Westminster Abbey (correspondence).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

System of arrangement

Presumably kept as received. Correspondence arranged alphabetically.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

No problems.

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Catalogue.

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Existence and location of originals

These are originals.

Existence and location of copies

Not known.

Related units of description

Other Archives:

  • His negatives of El-Kâb are in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum.

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  • Publication details indicated in Clarke catalogue.
  • Some photographs of S. Clarke's house at El-Kâb published by N. Warner, 'Somers Clarke: a Pioneer of Mud Brick Architecture in Egypt', in S. Santelli (ed.), <i>Hassan Fathy. Une ambition égyptienne</i> (2011), 1-11 figs.

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Physical storage

  • Shelf: 0608-0612A
  • Shelf: 1811