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Joseph Bonomi Collection

  • Bonomi MSS
  • Collection
  • 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

Egypt. Thebes. West Bank. Ramesseum. Hypostyle. Rear wall. West half

West half of the rear wall of the Hypostyle in the Ramesseum, on the West Bank of Thebes, not finished. Two registers: I, King running to Min and goddess. II, Two scenes, I. [King] before goddess making nini, 2, King receiving insignia and heb-sed wand from Amun and Mut. Base, a princess and eighteen princes, [break], two more princes (TopBib ii.438.(19)):
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-31.6 x 45.9 cm
-[on sketch] '16th / to the / centre' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'Ramesseum.' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)
-[on sketch] encircled '13' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)

Egypt. Thebes. West Bank. Ramesseum. Hypostyle (section)

Partial section of the Hypostyle of the Ramesseum, on the West Bank of Thebes, not finished (TopBib ii.437):
-partially blue and black inked pencil sketch on paper, with pricked marks for pouncing technique
-loose
-44.1 x 28.8 cm
-[on sketch] '4 -10 %(?)' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] '2 2 / 1 1 / 2 2 / 1 1 / 2 2' (pencil notes)
-[on sketch] encircled '4' (pencil note, almost certainly by Dr Moss)

Princess wearing a side-lock and diadem and carrying a lotus-flower (mirrored but with slightly different details), not identified but similar to the young princess Neferubiti, daughter of Tuthmosis I and Queen Ahmosi, from Room X preceding the Sanctuary in the Great Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari, on the West Bank of Thebes

Princess wearing a side-lock and diadem and carrying a lotus-flower (mirrored but with slightly different details), not identified but similar to the young princess Neferubiti, daughter of Tuthmosis I and Queen Ahmosi, from Room X preceding the Sanctuary in the Great Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari, on the West Bank of Thebes (TopBib ii2.365-366(132):
-pencil sketches/tracings on tracing paper
-loose
-12.3 x 9.5 cm

Egypt. Tell Atrib. Broken stick of Neferhotep, lector priest, probably New Kingdom, formerly in the collection of Rev. R. T. Lieder, and current location not known (copy of hieroglyphic inscription)

Copy of the hieroglyphic inscription on a broken stick of Neferhotep, lector priest, probably New Kingdom, formerly in the collection of Rev. R. T. Lieder, and current location not known, from Tell Atrib (TopBib iv.67A):
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-12.6 x 20 cm
-[on sketch] 'on a walking staff one line / Lieder's Collection 18 August 69' (ink note)

Princess wearing a side-lock and diadem and carrying a lotus-flower (mirrored but with slightly different details), not identified but similar to the young princess Neferubiti, daughter of Tuthmosis I and Queen Ahmosi, from Room X preceding the Sanctuary in the Great Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari

Princess wearing a side-lock and diadem and carrying a lotus-flower (mirrored but with slightly different details), not identified but similar to the young princess Neferubiti, daughter of Tuthmosis I and Queen Ahmosi, from Room X preceding the Sanctuary in the Great Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari (TopBib ii2.365-366(132):
-pencil sketches/tracings on tracing paper
-loose
-12.3 x 9.5 cm

Floral design

Floral design:
-pencil and ink sketch on paper, with pricked marks for pouncing technique
-loose
-20.1 x 22.7 cm
-[on sketch] 'BGRSBOBGRG / COYPGRG /GRGBOBPYPBOBGRG' (pencil notes)

Egypt. West Bank. Thebes. Valley of the Kings. Tomb of Ay (KV 23). Sarcophagus, red granite, in Cairo Museum, JE 72131 (sketch and texts)

Sketch and texts of the sarcophagus of Ay, red granite, from the Tomb of Ay (KV 23) in the Valley of the Kings, on the West Bank of Thebes, now in Cairo Museum, JE 72131 (TopBib i2.551):
-pencil sketch on tracing paper
-loose
-25.9 x 13.3 cm
-[on sketch] 'A' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'B' (ink note)
-[on sketch] '1 fuss Rhul' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] '1/20 Fuß Rhul (pencil note)

Egypt. West Bank. Thebes. Valley of the Kings. Tomb of Ay (KV 23). Corner fragment of sarcophagus with winged goddess and prenomen, formerly in possession of the Royal Asiatic Society, now in Cairo, Egyptian Museum, Temp. No. 3.8.39.1

Corner fragment of the sarcophagus of Ay with winged goddess and prenomen, from the Tomb of Ay (KV 23) in the Valley of the Kings, on the West Bank of Thebes, formerly in possession of the Royal Asiatic Society, now in Cairo, Egyptian Museum, Temp. No. 3.8.39.1 (TopBib i2.551):
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-12.2 x 20.3 cm

Unfinished letter

Unfinished letter:
-ink text on paper
-loose
-9.3 x 14.7 cm
-[text]:
'Septbr 28 /46
63 Welbeck St
Cavendish Sqre

My dear Wood
[two words in Arabic]
Our old friend Arundale
was in'

[Left] Egypt. Brick-stamp bearing the name of a king Amenhotep, wood, provenance not known, now in London, British Museum, EA5993. [Right] Egypt. Thebes. West Bank. Dra Abu el-Naga. Tomb of Userhat (TT 150). Funerary cone (Davis & Macadam no. 255)

[Left] Brick-stamp bearing the name of a king Amenhotep, wood, provenance not known, now in London, British Museum, EA5993 (TopBib viii). [Right] Funerary cone (Davis & Macadam no. 255), pottery, from the Tomb of Userhat (TT 150) at Dra Abu el-Naga, on the West Bank of Thebes (TopBib i2.261):
-ink sketches and notes on paper
-loose
-18.7 x 12.7 cm
-[under sketches on the left] 'Wooden brick stamp / in the Col of E Lane Esq' (ink note)
-[under sketch on the right] ''Terra cotta cone / in the Sh... Col' (ink note)
-[right]: 'Maudo(?)' (ink note)

Egypt. Giza. Gold ring "of Khufu", belonging to a priest of Isis, Dyn. XXVI, from tomb near Campbell's Tomb, now in Brooklyn NY, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 37.734E (sketches, inscription and notes)

Gold ring "of Khufu", belonging to a priest of Isis, Dyn. XXVI, from tomb near Campbell's Tomb at Giza, now in Brooklyn NY, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 37.734E (sketches, inscription and notes) (TopBib iii2.312.omitted):
-pencil sketches and text on paper
-loose
-5.5 x 14.8 cm
-[text]:
'The Sun has a hole in it The
[F35] has various lines in the expanded
part 2 lines crossing the Top
of the handle
The Vase for the heart is also
decorated with the usual ornament
The ring of the name […] is made
like a rope The handles of the
hatchets are made […] not exactly
dots and lines in the
[N1] lines in the fox dots
in the [N25]
No horns in the snake a great
omission no lines in the OSH'

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