Edward Hincks Collection
- early 1830s-1866 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
3 file boxes, 2 small boxes, and 2 hard bound notebooks
Name of creator
Irish Egyptologist, Assyriologist, and clergyman. Born, Cork 1792. Died, Killyleagh 1866. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied Hebrew. BA, 1812. Jnr. Fellow, 1813. MA, 1817. Ordained priest, 1817. BD, 1823. DD, 1829. Rector of Ardtrea, 1819-25. Rector of Killyleagh, 1825-66. Contributed considerably to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs and Babylonian cuneiform. Published many articles and books, including a Hebrew dictionary.
The correspondence and a small amount of other papers were in the possession of Hincks's family. Prof. F. Ll. Griffith purchased them in 1932 from Hincks's grandson, Mr E. F. Davidson. The hand copy of an article by Hincks made by W. R. Dawson was in the possession of Sir A. H. Gardiner. The casts and portrait painting came from Mr E. F. Davidson.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Correspondence and other various other papers, part of the bequest of Prof. F. Ll. Griffith. Hand copy of article, part of the bequest of Sir A. H. Gardiner. The casts presumably came directly from Mr E. F. Davidson. The portrait painting came from Mr E. F. Davidson in 1953.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Correspondence, notes, unfinished lecture, small number of casts from Egyptian and Assyrian objects, portrait painting (oil on canvas, 79 x 104 cm, 107.5 x 133 cm with frame) by Richard Hooke (1820-1908), and a hand copy made by W. R. Dawson of Hincks, On Certain Egyptian Papyri in the British Museum, published in 'Transactions of the British Archaeological Association at its Second Annual Congress held at Winchester, August 1845'.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Kept as received. Correspondence has been arranged in alphabetical order.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
List in 'Mrs Waley's lists' folder. Catalogue for correspondence and other papers by Warren R. Dawson.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
These are originals.
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
- Extracts from the correspondence are published in: E. F. Davidson, Edward Hincks: A Selection from his Correspondence and a Memoir (1933) (see Dawson's introduction in Hincks's correspondence catalogue for further information about this publication); K. J. Cathcart (ed.), The Edward Hincks Bicentenary Lectures (1994); id. in I. R. Netton (ed.), Essays in Honour of Clifford Edmund Bosworth, vol. 1: The Hunter of the East (2000), 375-89; id. The Letters of Peter le Page Renouf (1822-1897), vols iii (2003) and iv (2004); id. The Correspondence of Edward Hincks, 3 vols (2007-2009).
- The portrait painting used to hang on the stairs below the 2nd floor of the old Griffith Institute building and was later kept in storage at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, until November 2018.