Collection Lloyd MSS - George Lloyd Album

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Lloyd MSS


George Lloyd Album


  • 1842-1843 (Creation)

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1 album

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Name of creator


Biographical history

British botanist, excavator and traveller. He was probably born in India on 17 October 1815, the illegitimate son of Sir William L. of Brynestyn, a Welsh soldier and pioneer mountaineer, and an Indian lady. Lloyd was a member of the Cairo Literary Society and excavated at Thebes with Émile Prisse d'Avennes between 1839 and 1843. He died aged 27 in an accident at Qurna on 10 October 1843. His papers and botanical collections were given to the Botanical Garden of Montpellier.

Archival history

Previously in private possession, but owner not known.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Sotheby's, London. Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History, Sale L17401, 9 May 2017, lot 62. Acquired by the Griffith Institute at auction (£8,125.00) thanks to a grant from the Friends of the National Libraries (100%).

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Scope and content

Album of watercolours, drawings, and tracings of Egypt produced close to the end of Lloyd's life. It is a folio volume (44 x 33 cm, pages 43 x 32.7 cm), containing 135 watercolours and drawings (74 of which are full-page and 1 folding) and 10 tracings (8 folding). They are all mounted and most are captioned either on the image itself or on the mount. Captions on the mount seem to have been added when the album was put together after Lloyd's death. The album also contains a loose watercolour, a loose drawing and a loose lithographed portrait of George Lloyd by Prisse d'Avennes, who published it in his Oriental Album: Characters, Costumes and Modes of Life in the Valley of the Nile (1848). One of the drawings in the album is a pencil portrait of Lloyd sketched by Prince A. Soltykoff.

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Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford

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  • English

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Conservation assessment and perhaps some action needed. According to auction house's condition report: ‘damp and water staining, re-backed retaining original spine, corners and edges rather rubbed’.

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This is an original.

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Not known.

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  • Original handwritten dated captions by George Lloyd have been identified on the verso of most of the items. Although not easily accessible due to the items being mounted, they have been read by the use of a backlight.

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  • Shelf: 0519