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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 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)

Egypt. Thebes. Objects from Thebes. Coffins. Ir, wooden sarcophagus and two coffins, Dyn. XXVI, formerly in Salt and Amherst collections, current location not known. Notes (continuation)

Notes (continuation) on the wooden sarcophagus and two coffins of Ir, Dyn. XXVI, from Thebes, formerly in Salt and Amherst collections, current location not known (TopBib i2.835):
-ink text on paper
-loose
-20.6 x 33.2 cm
-[text]:
'The [V39] hieroglyphic represents the fastening of the
belt worn by the Gods and Kings round the waist
The [R11] hieroglyphic in the upper part of the
staff carried by the Divinity Pthath only
The age of the Sarcophagus is apparently
discovered(crossed out) settled by Mr Sharpe's(?) discovery *
namely after the(crossed out) the time of the Persian
rule with which time the style of the hieroglyphics
agree
Mr Sharpe also remarks the [X1\:X1-Q1] for the
more ancient forms [X1\:H8-Q1]

X See Mr Sharpes notes
The drawing of the heads of the different figures
on all three of the Cases show that they were
all three decorated by(crossed out) the work of the same artist in all
of them there is a remarkable protrusion of the
lips. This remark does not apply to the sculptured
heads on the 2d and 3d case and therefore thus the
Sculptor and painter were not the same person
as there is abundant proof I Bonomi to show in other
monts'

Egypt. Thebes. Two chairs

Two views of chairs from Thebes, with measurements:
-pencil and watercolour (black, grey and red) sketches on paper, with pricked marks for pouncing technique
-loose
-20.9 x 30.3 cm
-[below sketches] 'Ancient Chair. / found at Thebes / Egypt' (black ink note)

A Hereditary prince, Count, etc., upper part of statue, right side of the face and left shoulder damaged, with the cartouches of Psammetikhos I on shoulders, basalt, temp. Psammetikhos I, formerly in J. Lee and Lord Amherst collections and at Sotheby's in 1921, current location not known

A Hereditary prince, Count, etc., upper part of statue, right side of the face and left shoulder damaged, with the cartouches of Psammetikhos I on shoulders, basalt, temp. Psammetikhos I, formerly in J. Lee and Lord Amherst collections and at Sotheby's in 1921, current location not known (TopBib viii.801-763-510):
-blue and green watercolor and pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-16 x 22.1 cm

Handwritten note

Handwritten note:
-ink text on paper
-loose
-11.5 x 11 cm
-[text]: 'You are not too late for the money - / What do you think we shall have to pay Abdorahman(?) / for the chalks? / Will you be so good as to see / what you can make of the / side chamber Karnac - Another / [?] ! [underlined] but we have the power / of cutting off his [?]. You / had better deduce it by Camera lucida / in order to get the two exact figures. / The small names of kings below must / be done in large over the plate'

Drawings of Sudan (between the 2nd and 3rd Cataracts of the Nile)

Portfolio entitled 'Drawings Egypt. / JB / Above the 2nd Cataract'
Pencil note: 'Above the 2d Cataract'
Pencil note: '11 (second 1 added over 6)'
Ink table of contents (not complete) on piece of paper glued to cover:
-'1 Boats above the 2d Cataract'
-'2 Sketches above 2nd Cataract'
-'x (pencil) - 3 Sketches above 2nd Cataract'
-'4 Ditto'
-'5 Ditto'
-'x (pencil) - 6 Ditto'
-'x (pencil) - 7 Ditto' - 'Daal' (pencil)
-'8 Boat of region above 2d Cataract'
-'9 Kalabsha'
-'10'
-'11'.

Sudan. Between Second and Third Cataracts. Gella

View of island with constructions named Gella or Gilla above the Second Cataract of the Nile in Sudan:
-pencil sketch on paper
-mounted on p. 2, together with Bonomi MSS 24.3 (lower)
-15.6 x 6.6 cm
-[on sketch] 'Gella' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'Shelal Gille' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'above 2 Cat' (pencil note)
-[on mount] 'in our course.' (pencil note)

Greece. Island of Aegina. Temple of Aphaia (formerly known as the Temple of Jupiter Panhellenius)

View of the ruins of the Temple of Aphaia (formerly known as the Temple of Jupiter Panhellenius) with a lounging figure on the island of Aegina in Greece:
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose
-37.9 x 27.6 cm
-[on sketch] 'Greece (underlined) Nº 4' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'Egine / temple de Jupiter' (pencil note)
-[on sketch] 'Temple of Jupiter Hellenius. Island of Agina' (pencil note)

Israel. Jersualem. Temple Mound. Knotted or braided column

Knotted or braided column built into the wall in the Temple Mound at Jerusalem in Israel:
-pencil sketch on paper
-originally partially glued (now loose), together with Bonomi MSS 26.5 (lower left and lower right)
-11.9 x 19 cm
-[on mount] 'Camera sketch / in the Haram / Es sherif Jerusalem / cipolino marble / columns built into / the wall' (pencil note)

Israel. Jersualem. Temple Mound. Knotted or braided columns

Knotted or braided columns built into the wall in the Temple Mound at Jerusalem in Israel:
-pencil sketches on paper
-originally partially glued (now loose), together with Bonomi MSS 26.5 (lower left and lower right)
-11.9 x 19 cm
-[on mount] 'Camera sketch / in the Haram / Es sherif Jerusalem / cipolino marble / columns built into / the wall' (pencil note)

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