Collection Parkinson MSS - Harold Parkinson Collection

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Parkinson MSS

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Harold Parkinson Collection

Date(s)

  • 1970s-1994 (Creation)

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Collection

Extent and medium

2 boxes (larger than standard size) and 2 parcels

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Name of creator

(1918-1995)

Biographical history

Born, Shildon(? or Darlington) Co Durham 09/02/1918. Died, Darlington 27/02/1995. Trained as apprentice photographer, then as wartime airforce photographer; spent WWII in Canada and Belgium. After the war, trained at Gravesend (National Diploma in Design 1949), then at Brincliffe, Sheffield (Art Teacher Diploma 1950-51). Taught at High Storrs Grammar School, Sheffield in 1950s, then Eastbourne School, Darlington Co Durham, until retirement (late 1970s?). Married Jessie Rae Bruce (1925-1995) in 1959; one son, Richard, born 1963, whose interest in Egyptology revived his, leading to Egyptian drawings and models.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

1) Donated by Mr Harold Parkinson in 1983.
2) Donated by Mr Harold Parkinson in September 1989.
3-7) Presented by his son Professor Richard B. Parkinson in December 2013.

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Scope and content

1) Original measured perspective drawing of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings (1978) [corrected version].
2) Drawings of Eighteenth Dynasty tombs (incomplete original set and complete sets of photocopies/prints) (1980s).
3) Prints of the measured perspective drawing of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings (1978) [version with error].
4) Drawings of reconstructions of Egyptian boats (1993-4).
5) Models, plaster and resin molds and casts for plaque depicting scene from lid of box from the tomb of Tutankhamun (ca. 1979) - the plaque is being sold in the British Museum shop since late 1990s (copyright issued in the late 1990s for a while, then reissued ca. 2010).
6) Model, plaster and resin molds and casts for the mask of Tutankhamun (1978).
7) Models, plaster and resin molds and casts for small figurines (2 seated Isis suckling Horus, Bes amulet and scarab, 1970s).

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Accruals

System of arrangement

Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford. Permission must also be arranged with Professor Richard B. Parkinson.

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

No problems.

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None.

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Existence and location of originals

These are originals and copies made by author.

Existence and location of copies

2) Photocopies of KV 55 in the possession of Dr C. N. Reeves.

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Other Archives:

  • 4) Complete, final set in the possession of Dr. D. Jones.

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Publication note


  • 1) M.A. Littauer and J.H. Crouwel, <i>Chariots and Related Equipment from the Tomb of Tutʿankhamūn</i> (Oxford, 1985), pl. i; C.N. Reeves, <i>Valley of the Kings: The decline of a royal necropolis</i> (London and New York, 1990), pl. iv; A. Wiese, 'Tutankhamun - Just a Conventional "Tomb Treasure" of the 18th Dynasty? On the Tomb Equipment of Royal and Non-royal Personages in the Valley of the Kings', in A. Wiese and A. Brodbeck (eds.), <i>Tutankhamun - The Golden Beyond: Tomb Treasures from the Valley of the Kings</i> (Basel, 2004), figs. 1, 15; W.M. Weiss, <i>Tutanchamun. Sein Grab und die Schätze</i> (Bayreuth, 2008), fig. on 55 [upper].
  • 2) KV 46: A. Wiese, 'Tutankhamun - Just a Conventional "Tomb Treasure" of the 18th Dynasty? On the Tomb Equipment of Royal and Non-royal Personages in the Valley of the Kings', in A. Wiese and A. Brodbeck (eds.), <i>Tutankhamun - The Golden Beyond: Tomb Treasures from the Valley of the Kings</i> (Basel, 2004), fig. 76.
  • 4) D. Jones, <i>Boats</i> (London, 1995), fig. on frontispiece, figs. 20, 28, 29, 43.

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