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Joseph Bonomi Collection

  • Bonomi MSS
  • Sammlung
  • c. 1824-1870s

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].

Bonomi, Joseph

Sphinx, Great Pyramid, Memphis etc

Portfolio entitled 'Sphinx, Great Pyramid, Memphis etc'
Original ink title: 'Sphinx, Great Pyramid, / Sesostris heads, Memnons.'
Pencil additions: 'Memphis etc' after 'Great Pyramid,' and lines crossing out 'Sesostris heads, Memnons'
Red pencil note at top right corner: encircled 'B' (reference to previous arrangement, almost certainly introduced by Dr Moss).

Pyramids of Sakkara Lisht etc.

Small portfolio or file entitled 'Pyramids of Sakkara Lisht etc.'.
Blue ink note at top right corner: '1' encircled in pencil (reference to previous arrangement, almost certainly introduced by Dr Moss).

Egypt. Saqqara. Step pyramid enclosure of Netjerikhet. Underground rooms

Plans with measurements of underground rooms of step pyramid enclosure of Netjerikhet at Saqqara (TopBib iii2.401-402):
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-17.2 x 11 cm
-[on sketch] 'tuffle' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'block / block' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'North east / corner' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'blocked / tuffle' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'tuffle' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'blocked / up north / stairs' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'North(?) / first / room' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'blocked / middle / rubbish' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'end of masonry' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'blocked / stones / slight corner of 4 feet' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'cavern / ascending / well / blocked / rubbish / stones' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'of stone(?) stairs / Ceilings rough rock / never been smooth / ornaments following(?) the / irregularities of the rock' (pencil note)

Egypt. Dahshur. Pyramid Field

Views of the pyramid field at Dahshur (TopBib iii2.876):
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-11.2 x 8.5 cm
-[on sketch] '1 Mustaba Faraoon' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] '1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5' (pencil note)

Egypt. Saqqara. Mastabet Faraun

Upper: section of the stone courses of the Mastabet Faraun at Saqqara (TopBib iii2.434):
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-11.4 x 8.5 cm
-[on sketch] 'Mustaba Farahoon' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] '6 2 / 6.2 / stones piled up' (pencil note)

Lower: view of the Mastabet Faraun at Saqqara (TopBib iii2.434):
-pencil sketch on paper
-11.3 x 8.5 cm

Egypt. Saqqara. Step pyramid enclosure of Netjerikhet. Tiled rooms I and II

Plans with measurements and inscriptions of tiled rooms I and II of step pyramid enclosure of Netjerikhet at Saqqara (TopBib iii2.400):
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-17.1 x 11.3 cm
-[on sketch] 'height of room A 7„4 / doors 5 feet' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] '4 repetitions' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'hieroglyphs over door 22' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'passages blocked up all dismantled masonry stones / masonry destroyed / cavern' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] '3.8 wide / masonry / masonry' (pencil note)

'Egypt in Tears'. Kneeling woman holding a flower in front of Pyramid complex at Giza

'Egypt in Tears'. Encircled design of kneeling woman holding a flower in front of Pyramid complex at Giza, and studies of hands, flower, column and legs:
-pencil sketches, pencil and brown watercolour drawing (woman) and inked sketch (hands) on paper
-loose
-18.4 x 22.6 cm
-[on sketches] 'Au' (pencil note)
-[on verso] 'EGYPT IN TEARS' (pencil note)

Thebes

Portfolio entitled 'Thebes'
Pencil note: 'Medamoud, Karnak and Luxor' (almost certainly by Dr Moss)
Red pencil note at top right corner: encircled 'C' (reference to previous arrangement, almost certainly introduced by Dr Moss).

Egypt. Four views

Top: view of a boat being towed (Modern Egypt); second from top: unclear subject, not finished; second from bottom and bottom: views of Philae temple from West (TopBib vi.205):
-pencil sketches on paper
-mounted
-22.2 x 32.2 cm
-[on sketch] 'passed the / cataracts / Thursday 15 October / 1826' (pencil note, inked year)
-[on sketch] 'Ruined Pylon / Karnac.' (black ink note)
-[on mount] 'Temple near Cataract.' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)
-[on mount] encircled '2' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)
-[on mount] '5' (black ink note, almost certainly by Bonomi)

Egypt. Thebes. East Bank. Karnak. Great Temple of Amun. Tenth Pylon

View of North face of Tenth Pylon of Great Temple of Amun at Karnak, on the East Bank of Thebes (TopBib ii2.186):
-pencil sketch on paper
-mounted
-29.8 x 14.9 cm
-[on mount] 'Karnak' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)
-[on mount] encircled '3' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)
-[on mount] '6' (black ink note, previously '4', almost certainly by Bonomi)

Egypt. Thebes. West Bank. Deir el-Bahari

View from top of mountain at Deir el-Bahari, on the West Bank of Thebes, looking East:
-pencil drawing on paper
-loose
-36.9 x 23.3 cm
-[on drawing] 'A Propylon of Karnak / B Ptolemaic gateway / C Luxor / D E F The 3 remarkable mountains behind Luxor /G Dra Abu Neger/ H the road that leads up to the small temples under the mountains of the valley of Tombs Biban el Moluk/ J K The crude bricks for pylon/ L Crude brick buildings /M the large crude brick propylon/ N Village' (pencil note, by Bonomi) [key to places shown in drawing]
-[on drawing] encircled '5' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)

Egypt. Thebes. East Bank. Karnak Temple. Avenue of crio-sphinxes

View of three sphinxes from the Avenue of crio-sphinxes at Karnak, on the East Bank of Thebes (TopBib ii2.22):
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-22.4 x 16.9 cm
-[on sketch] 'Karnac' (pencil note, almost certainly by Bonomi)
-[on sketch] encircled '6' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)
-[on verso] 'Karnak' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)

Egypt. Thebes. East Bank. Luxor Temple

View of the Luxor Temple on the East Bank in Thebes (TopBib ii2.301):
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-32.3 x 12.8 cm
-[on sketch] 'Luxor' (pencil note, almost certainly by Bonomi)
-[on sketch] 'Luxor' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)
-[on sketch] encircled '8' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)

Alexandria, Cairo

Portfolio entitled 'Alexandria, Cairo. / JB.'
Pencil notes: 'Modern Egypt / Not Complete.'.
Pencil notes: '7 / 1'.

Egypt. Cairo. Fontaine de la validé

Unfinished sketch of the Fontaine de la validé in Cairo:
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-24.4 x 30.6 cm
-[on sketch] 'le Caire / Fontaine' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'J. G.' (ink note)

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