John Williams Rubbings Collection
- Between 1830-1840 (Creation)
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Name of creator
British antiquarian and astronomer. Born, London 1797. Died, London 1874. Interested in Egyptology from a young age. Pioneered techniques using rubbings and impressions for recording monuments. Associate of Dr John Lee, whose collection was recorded by Williams. FSA. FRAS. Assistant Secretary, Royal Asiatic Society, 1848-74. Member of the Chronological Institute. Also studied and published in Chinese studies.
In the possession of Williams family.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Presented by his grandson Rev. J. F. Williams in 1940, in response to Mr E. T. Leeds letter in <i>The Times</i>.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
4 albums containing rubbings mainly of objects in the British Museum, and also other museums and private collections including those in the J. Lee collection.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Kept as received.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.
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Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
These are originals.
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
- Not published. See R. L. B. Moss in <i>Journal of Egyptian Archaeology</i> 27 (1941), 7-11 pls. ii-iii [3 ills.].